MAH govt to set up two tv channels

Design and delivery will be undertaken by BECIL; project to cost about rs 100cr

MaharashtraMaharashtra is set to become the first state in India to have television channels that will telecast proceedings of its bicameral legislature. Plans are under way to launch Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha TV and Vidhan Parishad TV in 2016, starting with a live broadcast of next year’s budget speech, reported The Indian Express .

The project is expected to cost Rs 100 crore, officials said. Principal Secretary (State Legislature) Anant Kalse told the channels, to be modelled on Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV, would be uplinked from the secretariat building. The Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited, a Government of India enterprise, is providing consultancy to the state secretariat on purchase of spectrum, licensing, establishment of the satellite uplink systems and content creation.

“The idea is that democratic processes should percolate down to the masses,” said Kalse. “People should know what their elected representatives are doing in the legislature.” Space for a small studio has been identified within the secretariat complex, and non-session programming is expected to be first launched with a couple of hours’ content daily. While cameras and other equipment for the current live telecast of proceedings on Doordarshan are rented, officials said equipment would be purchased shortly. Live broadcast of proceedings of the Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Parishad was launched last year on Doordarshan’s local channels. When the legislature convenes for the monsoon session, the secretariat will also kick off a series of reforms in keeping with the Digital India initiative. Both Houses will be provided WiFi connectivity, though telephone jammers will continue to operate. Sources said legislators have been urged to use Internet during sessions to access real-time information sent to them from their constituencies via email or other messaging applications.

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