Cabinet panel clears scheme to upgrade Prasar Bharati

Cabinet panel clears scheme to upgrade Prasar Bharati

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the “Broadcasting Infrastructure and Network Development (BIND)” scheme with an outlay of 2,539.61 crore up to 2025-26.
  • The initiative aims at upgradation and expansion of the public service broadcasting infrastructure across the country.

Outcomes of the initiative

  • FM broadcasting of All India Radio (AIR) is expected to cover over 80% of the country’s population.
  • Distribution of over Eight lakh Doordarshan Free Dish DTH set top boxes for people living in remote, tribal and border areas, aspirational districts and zones aected by Left Wing Extremism.


  • Currently, Doordarshan operates 36 TV channels, including 28 regional ones, and AIR operates over 500 broadcasting centres.
  • Doordarshan was established on 15 September 1959.
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