Slackness prevails despite MHA’s thrust

08/03/2019

The State Administration is showing no urgency in completion of formalities for distribution of 30,000 Set Top Boxes of Doordarshan under its Free Dish Scheme among the people living in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir despite being well aware of the fact that this decision has been taken by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to effectively counter Pakistan's malicious propaganda.The most astonishing aspect is that neither State level nor Divisional level Nodal Officers are aware of the exercise being conducted at the district level to pave the way for formal distribution of Set Top Boxes. In the middle of last year Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in consultation with Union Ministry of Home Affairs decided to distribute 30,000 Set Top Boxes of Doordarshan under its Free Dish Scheme among the people living in border areas of Jammu and Kashmir. The objective behind this decision was to counter TV signal and malicious propaganda of the hostile neighbour and in the light of the fact that many border areas are still not covered by terrestrial transmission.
The Department of Jammu and Kashmir Affairs in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs informed Principal Secretary Home Department of the State about this decision and even asked for formulation of criteria/methodology for identification of the people living in the border areas to whom these Set Top Boxes would be distributed. Moreover, District Level Committees headed by Additional District Development Commissioners were constituted with the direction to the concerned Deputy Commissioners to constitute similar committees at Sub-Division and Tehsil level for identification and distribution of these Set Top Boxes 15,000 each in Kashmir and Jammu divisions. However, administration is showing no urgency in completion of formalities for distribution of free Set Top Boxes despite being well aware of the fact that this step will help in effectively countering Pakistan propaganda and in majority of the border districts the basic formalities have not been completed till date. It is a matter of serious concern that slackness is prevailing despite Ministry of Home Affair's repeated thrust on expediting process.

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