Assam gets own 24/7 Doordarshan channel

Doordarshan Assam, a 24-hour dedicated channel for the state, was launched via video conferencing from New Delhi today by Union Minister Javadekar.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday launched Doordarshan Assam, and said that the channel is a gift to the people of the state.

Doordarshan Assam, a 24-hour dedicated channel for the state, was launched through video conferencing from New Delhi.

“The channel is a gift to people of Assam and this channel will cater to all sections of the population of Assam and will be immensely popular,” the minister said on launching the channel.

The Doordarshan channel in Assam is part of a never-before focus on Northeast under the current government, Javadekar said in a PIB release issued by the Union Information and Boradcasting Ministry.

It is important that all states have their own Doordarshan channel, he said, adding that the Northeast region has immense natural and human resource potential, and the connectivity has been improving steadily.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal joined the video launch from Assam and called it significant day for the people of the state.

“This channel will boost the growth of Assam in all spheres of human activities, while at the same time help percolate the initiatives and programmes of the Government to grassroots.” Sonowal said.

Professor Jagdish Mukhi, Governor of Assam, while addressing the occasion over video conference, said “It is a happy moment for all of us in Assam because the public broadcaster is adding a feather to its kitty with the launch of DD Assam.”

Secretary, I&B Ministry, Amit Khare, present at the Doordarshan Kendra in New Delhi, said that Assam is the gateway to Northeast and Northeast is the gateway to ASEAN countries. he said that the state can be a great link between India and ASEAN.

“I am sure DD Assam will provide a new platform for the emerging talent of the region and bring the rest of India closer to Northeast and also make the talent of Northeast to all of India,” Khare added.

Shashi ShekharVempati, CEO, Prasar Bharti, said that with the launch of DD Assam, all states in Northeast now have state specific channel and for the first time the rich diversity of Northeast has a satellite footprint which can be viewed anywhere in India through DD Free Dish platform, the PIB release added.

First Published:Aug. 4, 2020, 7:05 p.m.