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Plea to convert Guwahati DDK

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 15 � The Producers� Council along with the Assam unit of BJP Art & Cultural Cell, has demanded of the Central Government to convert Doordarshan Kendra, Guwahati into a 24x7 Assamese digital satellite channel.

A delegation of the Producers� Council and Assam unit of BJP Art & Cultural Cell met the Secretary to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting at the All India Radio here and submitted a memorandum regarding various issues related to the Doordarshan in Assam.

The other demands in the memorandum include release of funds for North-East commissioned programmes of Doordarshan for the financial year 2014-2015 and empanelment of private producers for North-East commissioned programmes of Doordarshan. A host of people, writers, directors, actors, technicians, equipment suppliers and entrepreneurs are earning their livelihood from the North-East commissioned programmes.

According to a functionary of the Council, funds for the last three financial years, i.e. 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 were not released to the producers of the North-East by the Central Government.

�The empanelment of producers for commissioned programmes expired on November, 2012. The empanelment of producers is a time consuming procedure and requires very careful handling in selection of genuine, honest and experienced producers who can produce good results,� said the functionary, adding that the �registration of producers� for empanelment has to be done centrally.

The Council insisted on early notification for empanelment of producers.

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