Doordarshan is an institution of trust: I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar
“DTH and cable networking has revolutionised the outreach system in the country to disseminate information, education and entertainment,” said Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Information & Broadcasting.
He was speaking at a ceremony to distribute DD Free Dish Set Top Boxes in Jammu and Kashmir. The event also saw the launch of half an hour Dogri programme and News Bulletin from DD Kashir and the signature tune of the channel.
Addressing the gathering, Javadekar appreciated the efforts of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, especially Doordarshan, for reaching out to the public in border areas to disseminate the message of Information, Education and Entertainment. He said that after the basic necessities, Information and entertainment are the most important needs of the people and the Central Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking all the steps to reach out to the people to ensure these facilities.
Lauding the role of All India Radio, the Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has very ably utilised the services of such medium through ‘Mann Ki Baat’, which has now become very popular. Javadekar further said that Doordarshan and All India Radio have a credibility which gives these channels an edge over the others, who sometimes get carried away with rumours. “Doordarshan is an institution of trust,” he affirmed.
Dr A Surya Prakash, Chairman, Prasar Bharati, while addressing the audience, highlighted the qualities of DD Free Dish and termed it as the tools of empowerment. He laid emphasis on the commitment of the Government to bring peace and prosperity across the region.
This Set Top Box will be provided free of cost and the audience will be able to view 100 channels for free. The News Bulletin will be telecast daily at 6.00 pm on DD Kashir on digital mode. The signature tune, which resonates with the spirit of the valley, has been composed by Rahul Sharma.