BIND Scheme

The Indian government has approved the Broadcasting Infrastructure and Network Development (BIND) scheme, with a budget of INR 2539.61 crore ($346.5 million) until 2025-26.

  • The scheme aims to upgrade and expand the public service broadcasting infrastructure across the country, increasing the reach of All India Radio FM to 80% of the country's population and distributing eight lakh Doordarshan Free Dish DTH set-top boxes to remote, tribal, and border areas, as well as aspirational districts and areas affected by Left Wing Extremism.

Upgrading Infrastructure:

  • One of the key priorities of the BIND scheme is the development of high-quality content for both domestic and international audiences, as well as increasing the capacity of the DTH platform to accommodate more channels.
  • This will be achieved through the upgrade of Prasar Bharati's facilities, including the purchase of outside broadcasting vans and the digital upgrading of Doordarshan and All India Radio studios to make them HD-ready.
  • Currently, Doordarshan operates 36 TV channels, including 28 regional ones, and All India Radio operates over 500 broadcasting centres.

Increased Coverage:

  • The BIND scheme will also significantly increase the coverage of All India Radio FM transmitters in the country, from 59% by geographical area and 68% by population to 66% and 80% respectively.
  • This expansion of the public broadcaster's reach will provide high-quality content to a wider audience and is expected to generate indirect employment through the manufacturing and services related to the supply and installation of broadcast equipment.
  • The expansion of the reach of Doordarshan Free Dish is also expected to generate employment in the manufacturing of DTH boxes.

The BIND scheme is an important initiative that will significantly upgrade and expand the public service broadcasting infrastructure in India. The scheme's focus on developing high-quality content and increasing the capacity of the DTH platform will enhance the reach and accessibility of Prasar Bharati's services, particularly in remote and underserved areas. The scheme is also expected to generate indirect employment through the manufacturing and supply of broadcast equipment and DTH boxes.

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