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95% population deprived of access to DDK

Parliamentary Secretary IPR, R. Tohanba (C) and commissioner & secretary IPR, M.K. Mero interacting with Station Director AIR, Kohima on Monday. (DIPR)
Published on 18 May. 2010 12:42 AM IST
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Information and public relations, economics and statistics parliamentary secretary R. Tohanba accompanied by commissioner and secretary IPR, M.K. Mero, additional director IPR, Pausui Zeliang and other officials of IPR paid a visit to Doordarshan Kendra and All India Radio Kohima on Monday.
According to an official bulletin, interacting with officials at DDK Kohima, Tohanba apprised them to focus on the development activities of the state and to create innovative ideas while telecasting various programmes that were taking place in the state. He also suggested for a time slot for IPR department, whereby they could highlight the performances of the Government of Nagaland.
Field Publicity, ministry of information and broadcasting additional director general A. Lassa while highlighting on the problems face by DDK Kohima, lamented that 95% of the people of Nagaland were deprived of direct access to various local programmes and news being telecast.
He apprised the visiting officials about the need for seeking permission from ministry of I&B for uplinking to satellite by using Earth Station facility.
Programme Executive, Khriengu dwelt at length on the shortage of manpower at DDK Kohima and informed the officials that in 1995 all the programme post was abolished which came into effect with 5th Pay Commission and till date the ban has not been abolished. She also felt the need for more co-ordination between the various government departments and Doordarshan Kendra Kohima, for the benefit of the citizens. She also suggested that every department needed to have a nodal officer to deal with publicity/sensitization and to have contacts with DDK Kohima and vice versa. She also requested the parliamentary secretary for provision of room in the city for emergency recording.
DDK Kohima senior engineer, Khoto who also interacted with the officials informed that Itanagar and Kohima were the only two states in the North East without uplinking facilities, and said that if permission for uplinking facility was given at least from 5:30 pm to 8pm all the citizens of Nagaland would be able to view the DDK Kohima programme.
Interacting with the staff of AIR Kohima, Tohanba lauded the efforts of AIR, Kohima stating that radio was still the best form of communication in Nagaland. He, however, expressed concern over the non availability of radio signals in remote areas of Nagaland especially the bordering areas saying that almost sixty per cent of the populations in those areas were deprived of radio programmes.
The parliamentary secretary therefore, highlighted the need to upgrade local radio stations in those areas in order to help cater radio services to more people.
Tohanba also assured that he will take up the matter with the ministry in Delhi. Speaking at the informal meeting, ADG A. Lassa asserted that time has come for the Centre to take action regarding the improvement of radio coverage signals in remote places of Nagaland.
She also informed that important and creative programmes generated from DDK Kohima were not fully optimized as ninety five per cent of the populations are still deprived of Kohima Doordarshan programmes due to non-availability of transmissions.
She also impressed upon the visiting dignitaries to appraise the Centre of the problems faced by the two leading public media houses.
The visiting officials also asked the Station’s administration to make a fresh communication to the State Government regarding the land requirements and for uninterrupted power supply to the Station.

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