Union Cabinet has approved the merger of Films Division, Directorate of Film Festivals, National Film Archives of India, and Children’s Film Society, India with National Film Development Corporation.

The cabinet on Wednesday decided to approve revision in guidelines for providing DTH services in the country. Now, the DTH license to be issued for 20 years, the license fee will be collected quarterly.

“Transaction Advisor and Legal Advisor to advise on the transfer of assets and employees and to oversee all aspects of operationalization of the merger,” the statement mentioned

The salient features of the decision are:

  1. License for the DTH will be issued for a period of 20 years in place of present 10 years. Further the period of License may be renewed by 10 years at a time.
  2. License fee has been revised from 10% of GR to 8% of AGR. AGR will be calculated by deduction of GST from GR.
  3. License Fee will be collected on quarterly basis in lieu of presently annualbasis.
  4. DTH operators shall be permitted to operate .to a maximum of 5% of its total channel  carrying  capacity  as  permitted  platform  channels.  A one-time  non-refundable registration fee of Rs.10,000 per PS channel shall be charged from a DTH operator.
  5. Sharing of Infrastructure between DTH operators. DTH operators, willing to share DTH platform and transport stream of TV channels, on voluntary basis, will be allowed. Distributors of TV channels will be permitted to share the common hardware for their Subscriber Management System (SMS) and Conditional Access System (CAS) applications.
  6. The cap of 49% FDl in the existing DTH guidelines will be aligned with the extant Government (DPIIT’s) policy on FDl as amended from time to time.
  • vii. The decision will come into effect as per revised DTH guidelines are issued bythe Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The Union Cabinet has approved a Rs 59,000 Cr post-matric scholarship scheme for more than 4 crore SC students in five years. Central Government will spend Rs. 35,534 Cr and the balance would be spent by the state govts, said Union Minister Thawarchand Gehlot

“It is estimated that 1.36 crore such poorest students, who are currently not continuing their education beyond 10th standards would be brought into the higher education system in the next 5 years,” Thawarchand Gehlot, Union minister, said.

“Central Assistance of ₹1100 crore annually during 2017-18 to 2019-20 would be increased more than 5 times to be around ₹6000 core annually during 2020-21 to 2025-26,” he further added.

Cabinet also approves an ordinance for extending National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act for another 3 years, giving protection to unauthorised colonies from punitive action in Delhi.

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