27% increase in Budget outlay for Ministry of IB

A 27% increase has been effected in the budget outlay of 2009-10 for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. A total of Rs. 2568 crores has been granted to Ministry of I&B in BE-2009-10 over the Rs. 2025 crore RE 2008-09.

The Plan allocation for Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is Rs. 800 crore which includes Rs. 519 crore for Broadcasting Sector, Rs. 66 crore for Information Sector, Rs.60 crore for Film Sector and a provision of Rs. 155 crore for Commonwealth Games and related programmes.

Provision has been made for Publicity for Special Events, Museum of Moving Images, Global Film School, setting up of National Centre for Excellence in Animation, Gaming & Special Effects, programmes on various issues covering national integration, communal harmony and other themes of national & social importance.

Special attention has been given to Jammu & Kashmir and North East package in respect of Prasar Bharati. A new scheme from Annual Plan 2009-10 has been introduced for setting up of High Power TV and FM Transmitters in border areas and Low Power FM Transmitters in uncovered areas of J&K State. An amount of Rs 100 crore has been provided for the same.

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