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I&B ministry gets 16% hike; Rs 100 crore for Kisan TV

The information and broadcasting ministry on Thursday was allocated Rs 3,316 crore in the national budget for 2014-15, a 16.11 per cent hike over last year. Finance minister Arun Jaitley told the Lok Sabha that there would be special focus on community radio, 24X7 television channel for the north east and a TV channel for farmers.

The first budget of the Narendra Modi government focused on the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, and the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata. The minister said there were plans to accord the status of institutes of national importance to the two premium film study centres.

In the budget, the total grants-in-aid allocated to Prasar Bharati is Rs 2,421 crore, out of which Rs 90 crore, or 3.7 per cent of the total, is allocated for Kisan Channel. The Kisan Channel will provide real time information to farmers on issues related to agriculture. Films have been allocated Rs 135.81 crore, 16.6 per cent more compared to last year. Advertising and publicity gets Rs 230.37, down from Rs 241.60 crore last year.

A new 24-hour TV channel dedicated to agriculture sector with an outlay of Rs 100 crore for providing real-time information to farmers was also announced by finance minister. Jaitley in his budget speech said that a sum of Rs 100 crore has been set aside for Kisan (farmers) Television to provide real time information on various farming and agriculture issues.

Earlier this month, Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar had said that a channel will be named ‘DD Kisan’ will come very soon and Prasar Bharati is already working on finalising the plans for launching the channel at the earliest.

The information and broadcasting ministry on Thursday was allocated Rs 3,316 crore in the national budget for 2014-15, a 16.11 per cent hike over last year. The first budget of the Narendra Modi government focused on the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, and the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata.

Jaitley said there were plans to accord the status of institutes of national importance to the two premium film study centres. In the budget, the total grants-in-aid allocated to Prasar Bharati is Rs 2,421 crore, out of which Rs 90 crore, or 3.7 per cent of the total, is allocated for Kisan Channel.
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