Cabinet approves revision in DTH guidelines, license to be issued for 20 years

The Union Cabinet today decided to approve the revision in guidelines for providing DTH services in the country. Now, the DTH licences will be issued for 20 years. The licence fee will be collected quarterly, Union Minister, Prakash Javadekar said following the Cabinet meeting.

The regulatory authority had first issued recommendations on “Regulatory Framework for Platform Services” for DTH and multi-system operators (MSOs) services in 2014 which were referred back by the broadcast ministry in October 2020. MSO is defined as an authorized service provider that provides cable TV services to its subscribers.

Javaderkar during the briefing also said the cabinet approved the merger of Films Division, Directorate of Film Festivals, National Film Archives of India, and Children’s Film Society, India with National Film Development Corporation.

The Union Cabinet also approved Rs 59,000 crore post-matric scholarship scheme for more than 4 crores SC students in five years. The Central Government will spend Rs 35,534 crore while the remaining will be borne by the state governments, Union Minister Thawarchand Gehlot said.

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