The Ministry of Information & Broadcast (MIB) has promised to streamline and process license clearances in a time–bound manner. In the Citizens’/Clients’ Charter 2014-15 released it issued the completion time for the issuing of licenses and permissions.
For the issuing of licenses for the application to provide various services such as direct-to-home (DTH), multi-service operators (MSOs), headend-in-the-sky (HITS), uplinking and downlinking of channels, setting up teleports and TV ratings agencies will be completed within 4 months.
With regards to issuing of licenses to DTH, MSOs, uplinking and downlinking of TV channels, setting up teleports by TV channels and permission for downlinking of TV channels uplinked from abroad the ministry said that it will forward the applications within the time of two months after the receipt of the completed applications.
For HITS license issuance the applicants can commence up linking/down linking operations with a year from the date of issuance of SACFA clearance from WPC. While for the registration of ratings agencies to operate in India the time taken will be from the date of receipt of clearance from MHA.
In addition to this it has also set up the time period for the Grievance Redressal Mechanism. It has given a time period of 3 days for the issuance of acknowledgement/interim reply to petitioner, 7 days for the transfer of the Grievance Petition to the concerned Administrative Wing/Responsibility Centre and 2 months to give final reply to petitioner from the date of receipt of grievance or the date of receipt of clarification/additional information sought from petitioner, whichever is later.
The mission MIB states is to facilitate sustained annual growth rate of 13 percent for media and entertainment sector; ensure free flow of information to the public and safeguard freedom of press and media; effectively disseminate information on the policies, programs and achievements of government using emerging technologies, promote development of broadcasting industry in India; strengthen Public service Broadcaster; work towards universal digitalization of broadcasting by 2017; expand FM radio network to all cities of one lakh and above by 2014-15 and community radio service for empowering local communities; create a policy framework for the development of value based content for healthy entertainment of people of all ages; restore, digitalize, preserve and enhance public access to the archival wealth of films, video and audio resources; support digital conversion of Indian films by 2016-17; upscale human resources development and set up centers of excellence for media and entertainment sector.