06 May, 2021

'We Have To Air The Government's Plans'

K. Subramanya Sarma, director-general, Doordarshan spells out his vision:

'We Have To Air The Government's Plans'

Why is Doordarshan perennially strapped for cash?

What we earn goes into the Consolidated Fund of India. But there is a mechanism called Non-Lapsable Fund, under which it comes back as budgetary allocation with certain conditions. Part of it goes into improving hardware, part of it is used to meet increasing non-Plan expenditure and another part goes to All India Radio.

So you have to share your budget with AIR?

Yes. All India Radio doesn't make as much money as DD. We are an organisation born out of AIR. So we have to support them.

How much exactly do you get in the end?

The rest. Last year we generated Rs 430 crore. This year my Plan size is Rs 340 crore. The balance—Rs 90 crore—goes elsewhere.

How much money have you got for software this year?

Rs 35 crore.

Is that enough?

It's not. I already have a commitment of Rs 75 crore.

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