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The Indian Government is distributing 30,000 free set-top boxes for public broadcaster Doordarshan’s Free Dish direct-to-home (DTH) service to remote and border areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

DD Free Dish logo 24 June 2109Simultaneously, a 30 minute Dogri programme and News bulletin from Doordarshan (DD) Kashir are also being launched. The digital news bulletin will broadcast daily at 6pm on DD Kashir. A new signature tune has also been composed by Rahul Sharma.

The announcement was made by Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate and Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar and Minister of State PMO Dr Jitendra Singh.

“After the basic necessities, information and entertainment are the most important needs of the people and the Central Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is taking all the steps to reach out to the people to ensure these facilities,” said Javadekar.

Minister of State PMO Dr Jitendra Singh added that the efforts taken by Doordarshan to reach out to the people throughout the country were appreciated. “The launch of Dogri programme and news bulletin will go a long way in bringing a sense of pride and oneness among the people,” he said.

Chairman of DD’s operator Prasar Bharati, Dr. A. Surya Prakash, described DD Free Dish as a tool of empowerment and underlined the government’s commitment to bring peace and prosperity to the region.