New Delhi, July 17: Prasar Bharati is likely to distribute around 10 lakh direct- to-home (DTH) set-top boxes in Naxal-hit areas of the country for free, in a bid to reach out to people in “media dark” region. Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that this initiative aims to connect people living in Naxalite areas with development schemes of the government.
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 (I&B Ministry) said.
Recently, addressing an event in Raipur, Information & Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu 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.