Chennai, May 14: In a democracy, public broadcasting is an essential service for citizens to provide information. To set up community radio stations, the centre has increased subsidy amount from 50% to 75% across the country. The Information and Broadcasting minister Venkaiah Naidu announced yesterday after reviewing the performance of All India Radio and Doordarshan Kendra.
Due to this decision, universities and NGOs would be more benefited and inclined to set up community radio station with 70% subsidy. North-eastern states will receive 90% subsidy. The community radio will be helpful for local dialect.
"Earlier, government means no accountability. But, now (it means) accountability. People are asking for more information, more facilities. I have asked them (public broadcasters) to take the lead and produce quality programmes," Venkaiah Naidu told PTI.
He directed officials to produce quality programs so that they can compete well with private channels. People would not put up with mere sensationalism. Tamil Nadu will get a Tamil version of Press Information bureau from 15 th August.
245 studio high definition cameras and 254 field cameras have been procured for upgrading the infrastructure of Doordarshan. "An HD TV Studio has also been planned at a cost of Rs 15 crore. It will be commissioned in 2017-18," Venkaiah Naidu informed.