Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said India will soon become the largest country in the world where every household has a television set.
“There is a new dream that every household will have a TV in the coming years. There are 25 crore households in India and 18 crore have a TV set. There are still seven crore households without a TV,” he said in Srinagar, addressing a function to launch distribution of free Dish TV set top boxes in Kashmir, besides unveiling the signature tune of Doordarshan’s satellite channel for Jammu and Kashmir DD Kashir.
Javadekar also launched the first news bulletin in Dogri that will be aired on DD Kashir on a daily basis from Saturday evening. “Today, we are making a small beginning in which we are giving settop boxes of free Dish TV for people living in far flung areas and to poor people” he added.
However, the minister said that as soon as our economy develops people will buy a TV as soon as they are able to address the six basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, education and livelihood. Javdekar said television has seen massive expansion over the past three decades with mushrooming of channels in late 1990s while Doordarshan being the only channel in 1970s.
“Today we have more than 700 TV channels on various fields. There was revolution in this field after private channels come up in 1992-93,” he said.
Governor Satya Pal Malik distributed DD Free Dish Set Top Boxes among identified beneficiaries here Saturday at an impressive function held at SKICC, Srinagar. A total of 30,000 DD Free Dish Set Top Boxes are being distributed by Information and Broadcasting Ministry in the State.
Minister of North East Region Jitendra Singh, Minister launched the Dogri News Bulletin which will be aired at 6:15 pm everyday on DD Kashir.