The Bill, drafted in 2006 and available on the Ministry's website, also provides for a Broadcast Regulatory Authority of India, which is expected to be an improvement over the Broadcasting Council envisaged in the Prasar Bharati Act 1990 (promulgated in 1997) which was never constituted. At the time of promulgation of Prasar Bharati Act, the then goverrnment had promised a comprehensive Broadcast Bill. Thereafter, the successive government had set up a Group of Ministers to study a Convergence Bill and a Convergence Commission but was unable to arrive at a consensus.
Subsequently, the United Progressive Alliance Government drafted the present Bill and then I&B Secretary Asha Swarup had begun a review of the draft Bill in view of exchanges with the stakeholders.
- Jaisakthivel, Chennai
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