With the Information and Broadcasting Ministry dragging its feet on the Delhi Assembly’s proposal to launch its own TV channel, Speaker Raw Niwas Goel said the government will use YouTube and local cable TV to telecast live proceedings of the House and other issue-based serials if the proposal is not responded to soon.
“We are in the middle of the process to set up our own TV channel. The consultants have been finalised and tasks have been allotted. We will use YouTube and cable TV if we don’t get any confirmation from the Information and Broadcasting ministry soon. We will approach cable operators to telecast Assembly proceedings and programmes on cable TV,” added Goel.
In November last year, the Speaker had written to the ministry seeking approval to set up the channel on the lines of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV.
When asked if any communication was received from the ministry, Goel said, “We did get a letter of acknowledgment. They said the matter has been handed over to the secretary. But after that, we have received no intimation on the proposal we sent for approval.”
He added that he had sent a reminder to the ministry to fast-track the process. “It has been four months now. We are yet to elicit any approval from the ministry. So, we have decided to go ahead and launch the TV. It cannot be stopped now,” added Goel.
Goel clarified that the budget session, scheduled in March, will not be telecast.
“We will not be ready with the system to telecast the budget session. We need some more time. In two months time, our system would be up and running. After that, all sessions can be seen live,” he said.
He also said that the House has finished hiring consultants and that recruiting the rest of the staff will be completed soon.