Govt To Help Revitalise DD Under ‘Autonomous Prasar’

Smriti Irani

Union information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani said the government saw agencies including the Censor Board “as facilitators” within the ambit of the law. Irani was speaking at a World Economic Forum-India Economic Summit session moderated by film maker Karan Johar in New Delhi. She added that the government would consider a suggestion to help bring out a television series on freedom fighters to be telecast on the pubcaster Doordarshan. Defending the central government on demonetisation and the way Good and Services Tax (GST) regime was implemented, she said that the NDA was voted to power to change the status quo by taking difficult decisions.  However, Irani made it clear that she would also like the Doordarshan to be a world-class channel which Indians and the diaspora would be proud of. The government, the minister said, was also planning to promote positive storytelling, and added that it would promote the film “Lunchbox” at the upcoming Goa International Film Festival. India, she said, had several good writers, actors, and other creative artistes capable of making world-class films, but the problem arose when the producer looked at the balance sheet.

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