Centre for big hike in Doordarshan, All India Radio outlay
The government has decided to take the propaganda war against neighbouring
countries to a higher level.
The UPA government has proposed a massive 10-fold increase in the amount of
budget spent on strengthening of Doordarshan and All-India Radio
broadcasting and coverage in border areas.
The Union information and broadcasting ministry has proposed to spend Rs 986
crores on strengthening of national broadcasters in border areas during the
forthcoming 12th plan period. The amount spent in the corresponding period
during 11th Plan was Rs 100 crores.
Government sources stated that out of the total amount Rs 586 crores has
been earmarked for the expansion of Doordarshan, an amount of Rs 400 crores
has been proposed for All-India Radio. This is the highest ever amount being
proposed by the government to strengthen facilities of national broadcasters
over the past few decades.
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(Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi)