The service has no subscription fees and only requires a one-time investment of ₹2,000 to buy the decoder and a small satellite dish with accessories
NEW DELHI: The central government has decided to provide free Doordarshan Dish TV facilities to residents living in remote areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Information and Broadcasting Secretary Apurva Chandra announced during his recent visit to the territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The union.
“To achieve the objective of reaching people living in remote and border areas through the platform of DD Free Dish, the Union Secretary said that the government has offered to distribute 1.5 lakh Free Dish TV in areas where cable service is not available. Tendering for this is ongoing and will be completed soon,” the I&B Ministry press release reads.
Chandra stressed the importance of ‘free services’ for the public and commended the Doordarshan Kendra in Srinagar for carrying out its duties effectively despite ‘many challenges in the past’. He added that the Kendra represents “local culture and traditions through its programs, reaching people with authentic information”.
Following its interaction with people who use DD’s free-to-air satellite TV services in Kangan, the ministry said “they thanked the government for providing the free service, which has become vital for the development and promotion regional languages, and to provide news and entertainment via a wide range of channels”.
Chandra was accompanied by All India Radio Senior Managing Director of News NV Reddy, Doordarshan Managing Director Mayank Agarwal, Additional GDP (Srinagar) Managing Director Rajinder Chaudhry as well as other state level officers.
Doordarshan’s Free Dish TV is the only free direct-to-home (DTH) service owned and operated by Prasar Bharati. The service has no subscription fees and only requires a one-time investment of ₹2,000 to buy the decoder and a small satellite dish with accessories.
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