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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Public broadcaster Prasar Bharti to distribute free set-top boxes in naxal-hit areas

Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati is likely to distribute around 10 lakh free of cost direct- to-home (DTH) set-top boxes in Naxal-hit areas of the country. Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati is likely to distribute around 10 lakh free of cost direct- to-home (DTH) set-top boxes in Naxal-hit areas of the country, in a bid to reach out to people in “media dark” region, an official said. According to a proposal by the public broadcaster, 5-10 lakh units of DTH set-top boxes will be given free of cost to people in areas affected by Left-Wing Extremism (LWE). “Yes, we will distribute set-up boxes in Naxal-hit areas,” a senior information and broadcasting ministry said. Recently, addressing an event in Raipur, I&B Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had said that such an initiative would enable people in remote and tribal areas of Naxal-affected states to connect with various development schemes of the government.

The minister had also said that the Centre would distribute 10,000 free DTH set-top boxes in remote and tribal areas of Chhattisgarh. The initiative will enable people in Naxalite-affected areas to watch about 100 television channels free of cost. Besides a dedicated DD channel for Chhattisgarh, Naidu had also stated that a high-power transmitter would be commissioned in Jagdalpur (Bastar district headquarter) which would beam signal of AIR Jagdalpur to a radius of 200 kms.

Source & credit:- http://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/public-broadcaster-prasar-bharti-to-distribute-free-set-top-boxes-in-naxal-hit-areas/765539/
Forwarded By :- Shri. Jainender Nigam,PB Newsdesk & ​Prasar Bharati ​Social Media jainender.nigam.pb@gmail.com

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