TV forums smell rat in Kashmir Channel working

Say non-locals get lion’s share, locals ignored

Srinagar, Sep 7: The JK Film Makers and Artists Cooperative Ltd and Television Professionals United Forum on Friday said that Kashir channel has lost its purpose.  
 In a joint statement the two associations said: “Kashir Channel of Doordarshan, launched with lot of fanfare nearly 13 years ago with the aim of boosting the local culture, has lost its purpose.”
 “While inaugurating the channel the then I&B Minister and the Prasar Bharti authorities made tall claims about the purpose of the channel and stressed for the need for establishing of broadcast quality production houses in the state. Thus, encouraged, dozens of professionals invested in establishment of production houses in the state. Besides nearly 2000 people opted for this profession in one or the other capacity,” the statement said.
 “Big promises were made about providing budget to the channel and announcements made about earmarking hundreds of crores of rupees to it, but all false. Rs 200 crore were announced for the channel as part of the Prime Minister’s package in 2005, but practically not a single penny was provided,” the group alleged.
 “Although Kashir Channel is being run by from New Delhi, it is an irony that they can’t differentiate between DDK Srinagar and Kashir channel. Anything wrong at DDK Srinagar is being considered wrong at Kashir channel, although the Srinagar Kendra is entire different from the Satellite Kashir channel in respect of administration, budget allocations etc.”
 “As per guidelines JK based producers were supposed to get 75% of the budget and non J&K based producers 25 percent. But on record producers from outside J&K got lion’s share and J&K based producers were left with peanuts. In North East, the local producers get 95 percent of the total budget while as in Kashir Channel non locals get 95% leaving J&K producers with just 5 % of the total budget,” the statement said.
 “Since the inception of the Channel a single Delhi base production house has got 40% of the total budget allotted to the channel,” they added.
 “The fresh commissioning of programmes for the channel was expected this year. But it is learnt that the present Prasar Bharti authorities have refused to take any budget for commissioning of the programmes from the Government of India. The incumbent DG Doordarshan appears to be hostile towards Kashir and Urdu Channels, thus closing all doors for revival of these channels representing minority community of the country.”

Lastupdate on : Sat, 7 Sep 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 7 Sep 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 8 Sep 2013 00:00:00 IST

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