NEW DELHI: An allocation of Rs 200 million has been made for setting up direct-to-home receiver sets of Doordarshan’s FreeDish in tribal, remote and border areas, the Parliament has been told.
Minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathre said 30,000 DTH receiver sets would be distributed in consultation with state governments. He said that DTH receiver sets had been distributed in the past by Doordarshan in selected areas.
The question in the Parliament related to distributing free DTH connections in Naxal-hit areas.
An earlier separate report stated that Prasar Bharati may be distributing for free around a million direct- to-home (DTH) set-top boxes in Naxal-hit areas of India.
Besides a dedicated DD channel for Chhattisgarh, then union minister of information and broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu had stated that a high-power transmitter would be commissioned in Jagdalpur (Bastar district headquarter) which would beam signal of AIR Jagdalpur to a radius of 200 km.