RadioandMusic
| 20 Jul 2018
AIR revenue has shown gradual growth; DD has not: Naidu
NEW DELHI: Prasar Bharati has received a total of Rs 9486.52 crore between 2013-2014 and June 2016 as plan or non-plan grant from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
 
I and B Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told the Lok Sabha today that it received Rs 2112.65 crore until June in the current fiscal 2016-17.
 
During these years, the amount peaked in 2015-16 when the total grant was Rs 2795.89 crore.
 
Financial Year Funds released under Non-Plan Funds released under Plan (Rs in crore)
 

Year

Non-Plan Funs

Plan Funds

2013-14            

1730.00    

410.00

2014 -15              

2001.98                  

436.00

2015-16             

2342.12                   

453.77

2016-17*    

2037.65                     

75.00

  

*Grants released till 30.06.2016.
 
The Minister said while the revenue of AIR has recorded gradual growth, the revenue of DD has not. 
 
Year-wise Details of total expenditure and Revenue of DD and AIR during last five years are given as under: (Rs. in crore)
 
 All India Radio
 

Year

Total expenditure          

Revenue earned (Exclusive of Service Tax)

2011-12  

1213.58

325.01

2012-13   

1322.06                                     

319.50

2013-14   

1460.33                                     

367.50

2014-15   

1615.70                                     

435.10

2015-16   

1710.08                                     

447.76

 
(Rs. in crore)
 
 Doordarshan
 

Year

Total expenditure          

Revenue earned (Exclusive of Service Tax)

2011-12   

1381.38                                              

735.32

2012-13   

1501.64                                            

1025.78

2013-14   

1602.94                                           

1043.13

2014-15   

1815.22                                             

911.01

2015-16   

1863.60                                            

755.79

Naidu said the operational cost of Doordarshan and All India Radio is increasing as a result of increase in cost of different inputs mainly on account of recruitment in various categories of technical and non-technical staff recently as there was no major recruitment before this, and also due to corresponding increase in expenses on account of dearness allowance and annual increments etc.
 
The Government has been providing non-plan support to Prasar Bharati for meeting 100% expenses towards salary and salary related expenses and under Plan for technical capital requirements.

Meanwhile, he said AIR has no mechanism to generate Rating Point at regular intervals through field surveys. 

In the year 2014, the rating in percentage of DD National in All India was 0.17%. In the year 2015, rating percentage dropped to 0.10%, as rating agency did not cover 100% of DD National on All India basis. Increasing reach of other channels into rural areas has eaten into the share of DD viewership and hence the drop.
 
In the current year, till the 27th week of 2016, rating percentage of DD National is 0.11% as per BARC (Broadcast Audience Research Council) data.