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Bengaluru: State govt to launch own TV channel to highlight schemes

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Sep 6: Ahead of next year's elections, with an aim to promote its schemes and highlight its programmes, Karnataka government is all set to start a television channel called 'Gram Swaraj TV'.

The channel will be anchored by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) department and started through a company called TR Media Entertainment Private Limited.

An investment of Rs 10 crore will go into the basic infrastructure for the channel and a monthly expenditure of Rs 1.5 crore is expected. Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) has approved the financial estimates calling it ‘reasonable’.

The idea was first mooted in August 2016 when the department wondered if the satellite communication facility at The Abdul Nazir Sab State Institute of Rural Development (ANSSIRD) can be converted into a TV channel.

ANSSIRD is currently using satellite communication technology to reach out to television sets across 176 taluks.

In November 2016, a committee comprising officials from Doordarshan, Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) and experts from the television sector submitted a report to the government on what needs to be done.

In March 2017, T R Media Entertainment presented a formal proposal to start the TV channel. Apparently, the company has volunteered to procure an uplinking and teleport licence (Rs 20 crore) on its own.

According to RDPR note sheets, RDPR Minister H K Patil pointed out that the government needs a television channel in order to make citizens aware of its schemes, besides highlighting the achievements of his own department. Interestingly Patil has suggested that the proposal be exempted under the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurements Act.

The Doordarshan Kendra which is under Prasar Bharathi is a Central Government undertaking and does not facilitate the State Government to utilise it full time for reaching out to the people. Also DD works under the guidelines of Central Government. Hence, this may be the main reason that the State government is mooting to launch its own channel.

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  • readerwriter007, pune

    Thu, Sep 7 2017

    looks nobody is letting them to showcase..... chased away from everywhere... that now they need their own tv to showcase their achievement... ha ha ha

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  • AS, Kolar

    Thu, Sep 7 2017

    BHAGYA Channel will be the right name.

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  • Flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Thu, Sep 7 2017

    Like MANN KI BAAT ..TV mein BAAT is much better i guess

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Thu, Sep 7 2017

    If few schemes are so popular then why you need publicity??? If people indeed benefited from that scheme sure they will vote for Party concerned!!! While declaring the various schemes they made so many scams and now they will make one more scam in the name of TV channel too!!! God only save Karnataka from this Party ruling!!!! Better you make one separate channel for “Korida Katta” and “Kambala”

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 7 2017

    Dil Ki Baat ...

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 7 2017

    Good thinking to provide such a useful programme. But this should have been done much earlier than this.

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  • Abdul Narayan D'Souza, Udupi

    Thu, Sep 7 2017

    My brother D'Souza,

    When was the last time you watched Doordarshan? DD1 has been telecast for ages and no one really watches that channel now. I am sure that even the family members of Prasar Bharti board members do not watch DD at home.

    So what makes you think that some sizable population in Karnataka would be keen to watch a Government run TV channel? Would you personally be interested in watching a 55-year old IAS officer dawning a suit boot and a thick black framed glass with a bunch of sarkari paper in hand and talk about Government schemes and some bloated achievement numbers?

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Thu, Sep 7 2017

    Hilarious! Who will be watching?
    As it is, all political leaning channels are winding up

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Wash DC.

    Thu, Sep 7 2017


    Make Ugrappa master anchor like Larry King of CNN a while ago...this is the last achievement of Siddu legacy...Joseph Goebbels must be turning in his grave....looking at his desi version Gurrrappa....


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