Cabinet committee approves infrastructure scheme for Prasar Bharati

Also, Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of MIB for introducing Cinematograph Amendment Bill 2019 to amend the Cinematograph Act, 1952

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Feb 7, 2019 8:45 AM
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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval to the proposal of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) regarding Prasar Bharati's "Broadcasting Infrastructure and Network Development" scheme at a cost of Rs 1054.52 crore for three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.


Out of the corpus, Rs. 435.04 crore is approved for the continuing schemes of All India Radio and Rs 619.48 crore is approved for the schemes of Doordarshan. At present, the continuing schemes of both AIR and Doordarshan are at different stages of implementation and are scheduled to be completed in phases.

Under the scheme, provisions have been kept for modernisation of existing facilities in studios at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Approvals for setting up of Digital Terrestrial Transmitters (DTTs) at 19 locations and digitization of studios at 39 locations, DSNG (Digital Satellite News Gathering) vans at 15 locations and upgradation of Earth Stations at 12 locations have also been approved. The launch of DD ArunPrabha Channel from Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, has also been approved by the Cabinet. Additionally, 1,50,000 DTH sets have been approved for distribution across the country.

FM expansion at 206 places and digitization of studios at 127 places are also part of this scheme. To increase radio coverage along the borders, plans for setting up 10 KW FM transmitters along Indo-Nepal border and J&K border are also on the cards.


Meanwhile, in another development related to government, the Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for introducing the Cinematograph Amendment Bill, 2019 to amend the Cinematograph Act, 1952. 


There has been an insertion of new Section 6AA for prohibition of unauthorized recording. According to this new section, “Notwithstanding any law for the time being in force, no person shall without the written authorization of the author be permitted to use any audio visual recording device to knowingly make or transmit or attempt to make or transmit or abet the making or transmission of a copy of a film or a part thereof.”


An Amendment in Section 7 has also been introduced to provide penal provisions for violating provisions of section 6AA:  In section 7 of the principal act, after subsection 1 the following subsection (1A) shall be inserted:“If any person contravenes the provisions of section 6AA, he shall be punishable with an imprisonment for a term which may extend to 3 years or with fine which may extend to 10 lakh rupees or with both.”


The proposed amendments is targeted at increase industry revenues, boost job creation and will give relief against piracy and infringing content online.

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