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Ensure Operational Continuity Of Media, MIB Asks States/UTs

New Delhi: In view of coronavirus outbreak, the Centre has written to all States and union territories (UTs) of the nation to facilitate operational comfort to Print and Digital Media to maintain the nation up to date on the most recent standing of the pandemic.

“Robust and essential information dissemination networks like TV Channels, News Agencies, Teleport Operators, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG), Direct to Home (DTH) and Highend-in-the Sky (HITS), Multi System Operators (MSOs), Cable Operators, Frequency Modulation (FM) Radio and Community Radio Stations (CRSs) are of utmost importance to ensure timely and authentic information dissemination,” the ministry of knowledge and broadcasting (MIB) mentioned in a letter to the Chief Secretaries of all States and Union Territories.

The ministry mentioned that correct functioning of those networks is required not solely to create consciousness amongst folks and to provide necessary messages but additionally to maintain the nation up to date of the most recent standing.

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The MIB additional acknowledged that false and faux information should be prevented and good practices should be promoted and these networks play a pivotal position in guaranteeing the identical.

At this essential juncture, guaranteeing uninterrupted operation of knowledge networks as above and their outreach is of important significance.

The essential infrastructure would come with:-

(a)   Printing Presses and distribution infrastructure of Newspapers and Magazines;

(b)   All TV Channels and supporting providers like Teleports and DSNGs;

(c)   DTI-/HITS operations related gear /amenities, and so on. together with upkeep;

(d)   FM/CRS Networks;

(e)   Networks of MSOs and Cable Operators; and

(f)    Information Companies.

As a way to guarantee continuity of those providers, it has requested that State Governments/Union Territory Administrations facilitate the operational comfort of the above-mentioned providers. It’s accordingly requested that the next might kindly be stored in view in case any restrictions are being contemplated to be imposed for containment of COVID-l9:—

(a) All operators of such amenities/intermediaries within the chain be permitted to stay operational;

(b) Facilitating clean provide and distribution chain as could also be required

(c) The amenities must be permitted to be manned by the employees of the service suppliers

(d) The motion of the accredited employees of providers suppliers be permitted

(e) The motion of automobiles carrying media individuals, DSNGs and others together with provisioning of gas, where-ever required might kindly be facilitated

(f) Availability of uninterrupted electrical provide and different logistics as requested by such amenities be supplied;

The ministry has suggested these service suppliers to coordinate with the native authorities in case any drawback is confronted by them in offering uninterrupted providers.

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