Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Current Affairs - 2020

Bimal Julka Committee on Rationalization of Film Media units

On June 2, 2020, the Bimal Julka Committee on Rationalization of Film Media operating under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting submitted its report to the ministry.

Key Findings of the report

The Committee recommended roadmaps for the development of National Film Development Corporation, Children’s Film Society of India, Films division, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, National Film Archives of India, etc. The Committee recommended a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between the Ministry and these institutes streamlining the performances of the institutes.

The committee has suggested for an umbrella configuration with four broad verticals under which the institutes should work. This includes festival, production, heritage and knowledge. The verticals are to be headed by the professionals.


The committee has also recommended creation of film promotion funds. The funds will be used to fund independent film makers to make commercial films.

The committee has suggested measures to improve revenue generation and make institutions financially self-sufficient. Price Indices have been suggested to be linked to user charges.

Draft Guidelines issued for Satellite TV channels

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued draft guidelines for satellite TV channels.


The Ministry has listed 11 violation under the guidelines. It includes delay in intimating the ministry about the change in shareholding pattern of the company, appointing a director without the permission of the ministry, not removing a director who has been denied with security clearance, showing logo that is not permitted by the ministry, etc.

If any of the 11 clauses are violated the ministry would warn, impose penalty or even prohibit broadcast up to 10 days.

Key Features

According to the guidelines, the channels need not get clearance ever year. Also, the permits will be provided to the Indian teleports for up linking foreign channels to increase their business. For now, the channels registered under ‘news’ category are allowed to make live telecasts. The rest of the channels have to get permission from the ministry to telecast live events. However, under the guidelines, these non-news channels are allowed to live telecast after registering themselves under “Broadcast seva”.

Since 1997, the giving preference to Indian satellite was always an integral part of the policies of GoI. However, this time the guidelines say that the only criteria to use a satellite channel is that it should be uplinked on C band or Ku band.

C band and Ku band

The Ku band uses frequencies between 12 GHz and 19 GHz. The C band uses radio frequency between 4 GHz and 8 GHz.