GUWAHATI, Aug 4 - Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar today launched Doordarshan Assam, a 24-hour dedicated channel for the State, via video conferencing from New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion Javadekar said �The channel is a gift to people of Assam and this channel will cater to all sections of the population of Assam and will be immensely popular.�
The Minister said that it is important that all States have their own Doordarshan channels. The channels of other States are available on DD Free Dish.
Reiterating Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s vision of turning North East into India�s growth engine, Javadekar said that the region has immense natural and human resource potential, and the connectivity has been improving steadily. The Doordarshan channel in Assam is part of a never-before focus on North East under the current Government.
Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi while addressing the occasion said that it was a happy moment for Assam because the public broadcaster is adding a feather to its kitty with the launch of DD Assam.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal who also joined the occasion from Assam said �This channel will boost the growth of Assam in all spheres of human activities, while at the same time help percolate the initiatives and programmes of the Government to grassroots.�
Secretary of Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Amit Khare stated that DD Assam would contribute in a major way to the educational development of the State like other regional channels.
�DD Assam will be another milestone in our effort to provide online education in regional languages across States,� he said.