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I&B Ministry to ease annual renewal norms for TV channels

Naidu added that the I&B Ministry is committed to the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to promote ease of doing business and will continue to take more steps in consultation with stakeholders.
Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has decided to ease the annual renewal norms for TV channels as part of its initiative of ease of doing business on Friday. Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said  the government has done away with the process of obtaining an annual renewal for TV channels in the current form.

Broadcasters who have been given the permission for uplinking or downlinking, now can simply pay annual permission fee 60 days before the due date which by itself will be treated as permission for continuation of a channel for a further period of one year, informed Naidu.

The minister said that the decision will benefit a total of 963 channels and teleports. He added that the I&B Ministry is committed to the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to promote ease of doing business and will continue to take more steps in consultation with stakeholders.

Naidu made this announcement while addressing the Economic Editors’ conference in New Delhi. The Minister also took a chance on the occasion to applaud the government’s decision to demonetise Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes, saying the Prime Minister wants to realise ‘Swachh Bharat’, in terms of ‘tan’, ‘man’ and ‘dhan’.

He refuted the claims that the government has taken a sudden step of demonetising the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes and claimed that it has been taking steps to curb the black money menace ever since it came to power.

Naidu said, “Some people are saying it was done all of a sudden, people should have been given advance notice…Advance notice for what? I am not able to understand.” He said that government’s demonetisation move has been praised by all except some vested interests who were trying to create panic.

“Some people were calling it an “emergency”, but those who are worried are people like unscrupulous arms dealers and drug dealers,” Naidu said.

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