The Prime Minister’s Office has constituted an 8-member Working Group on the information and broadcasting sector for the Eleventh Five-Year Plan. The meeting of the newly constituted group will be held on June 21, 2006.
The members of the committee include the Prasar Bharati CEO; DG, AIR; DG, Doordarshan; CMD, BECIL; Advisor (C&I), Planning Commission; Kiran Karnik, Chairman, NASSCOM; A P Parigi, CEO, ENIL; and Rajiv Mishra, COO, BAG Infotainment and Convener, AROI.
The Group will suggest approaches for formulation of plans and programmes for radio and television keeping in view of the emerging trends in technology, convergence issues, IP multimedia and IT enabled media applications. It will also recommend measures for optimum expansion of transmission network of radio and television through appropriate technologies to hitherto uncovered areas.
The Group will also workout a mission mode project for moving from analogue transmission to digital transmission of television before 2015 and will put in place the basic policy framework and fiscal incentives for the same. It will also have the responsibility to identify excess spectrum and bandwidth arising through migration to digital transmission and work out strategies for its redeployment.
It will also assess the total investment required in hardware and suggest measures to stimulate greater private investment in the information and broadcasting sector.
The Group is also expected to develop a mission mode project for implementation of mobile media solutions by establishing requisite infrastructure for transmission in say, the 700 MHz band, in association with mobile service providers and technology partners.