Government launches Broadcast Seva portal for TV and radio stations

In a bid to open a “new chapter” in the ease of doing business in the broadcasting sector, the government on Monday launched the “Broadcast Seva Portal”, an online portal solution for fast filing and processing requests for different types of licenses, authorizations and registrations among other services.

The portal is expected to provide a 360 degree solution to over 900 satellite TV channels, over 70 teleport operators, over 1,750 multi-service operators, over 350 community radio stations (CRS) and over 380 private FM channels .

It would provide online facility for applicants to apply for permissions, change permissions later and pay fees. It will also provide faceless communication between the requester and various stakeholders for faster processing of requests.

Launching the portal, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said it would bring transparency, accountability and responsiveness to the ecosystem and would soon be linked to the “National One-Stop Shop System” of the government.

“The government has harnessed technology to bring transparency into the system and make it more accountable. The Seva Dissemination Portal will reduce the processing time for applications and at the same time help applicants track progress. This portal will reduce the human interface which was needed earlier and thus will contribute to the capacity building of the ministry and be a major step towards the ease of doing business,” he said.

He said the 360-degree digital solution will make it easier for stakeholders to find permissions, apply for registration, track requests, calculate fees and execute payments. This portal will provide its services as part of the wider efforts of Digital India to all stakeholders from private satellite TV channels, teleportation operators, MSOs, community and private radio channels, he said. .

He said it should boost the business environment and empower the entire broadcasting industry.

Information and Outreach Secretary Apurva Chandra said the new portal featured several improvements over the previous version and incorporated input from stakeholders over a one-month trial period.

Assistant Secretary for Information and Outreach, Vikram Sahay, said they were moving from a one-dimensional static portal to a multi-dimensional dynamic portal that industry players would find useful.

He said the portal was developed in cooperation with Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd, a Mini-Ratna PSU and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

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