The finance committee of Prasar Bharati is likely to clear a list of schemes with a special thrust on the three new states — Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttaranchal — for the annual plan 2001-2002. The focus is also on installing high-power transmitters at various Doordarshan centres. Overall, these schemes are meant for Doordarshan and All India Radio centres in several parts of the country.
The schemes, sources say, will be funded out of the overall savings of the Ninth Annual Plan allocation for Prasar Bharati. The savings for the final year of the Ninth Plan (2001-2002) amount to Rs 441.12 crore.
The proposals range from setting up interim earth stations to procuring digital news gathering systems to replacement of outdoor-broadcasting vans and cameras.
The about-to-be launched Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) project also finds mention in the list of proposals. For Delhi, there are other proposals, which relate to procurement of digital satellite news gathering vans for the DD News channel and digitisation of feed room.
Setting up of new high-power transmitters or replacement of the existing ones with even more powerful transmitters is also high on the Prasar Bharati agenda. The various DD centres for which transmitters are being replaced or new transmitters are being planned include Shillong, Aizwal, Kohima, Itanagar, Gangtok, Port Blair, Imphal, Hissar, Dharamshala, Sagar, Bikaner and Dharamapuri.
The total Ninth plan allocation for Prasar Bharati was Rs 1,520.24 crore, out of which Rs 1,079.12 crore has been spent in the years 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, and 2000-2001. The overall savings for the final year (2001-2002) of the Ninth Plan come to Rs 441.12 crore, which is expected to be utilised for these schemes.