On 15 September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Sansad TV at the Main Committee Room, Parliament House Annexe. Sansad Tv is launched after merging the Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV channels. M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President and Om Birla, Lok sabha speaker also took part in the event.
The channel will display how democratic institutes have functioned in the country and democratic culture and ethics will also be shown.
PM Modi at the launch said, ‘India is mother of democracy; democracy is not only constitutional structure for us but spirit as well.’ He also said, “This adds another important chapter in our parliamentary system.” ‘Parliament is in fact more about policy than politics.’, ‘Democracy in India is not just a collection of the Articles of the Constitutions but it is our life stream, the prime minister, Modi added.
It is very important for a common fan to connect with Parliament and feel to be a part of it, Modi said. By merging Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV, Sansad TV has been created. It will primarily function in four categories: history, policies and culture of India and issues/interests/concerns of contemporary nature/functioning of Parliament and democratic institutions, governance and implementation of schemes.
According to reports of PTI, Karan Singh, veteran Congress leader will host a show on different religions, Bibek Debroy, economist on history Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog will host on ‘Transformation of India’ and Hemant Batra, advocate and the vice-president of SAARCLAW, will host a show on legal matters.
A show on economy will be hosted by Sanjeev Sanyal, principal economic advisor to the Finance Ministry whereas Dr Ambrish Mithai, renowned endocrinologist will perform a show on health issues.
CEO of the channel is Ravi Capoor former Textile Ministry Secretary and retired IAS officer CEO of the channel while Manoj Arora, the Joint Secretary in Lok Sabha Secretariat is the OSD.
M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President warned about the challenge of “fake news and sensationalism” due to the ‘breaking news’ syndrome. He further added, “With speed and the compulsion to be the first with breaking news occasionally overriding all other considerations, we are confronted with the challenges of fake news and sensationalism. Separating truth from falsehood has become a real challenge. However, we can legitimately be proud of our press which has zealously preserved its freedom over these years and given people multiple viewpoints on issues that matter. This has in many ways greatly enriched our democratic tradition.”
The reports says, that Sansas TV will have two channels when parliament is in session, so that viewers can watch both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha at the same time. The launch date coincided with the International Day of Democracy, the PMO noted.
The decision to merge Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV was taken in February 2021 and in March 2021 the CEO of Sansad TV was appointed. This year in March, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV channels were merged into one channel- Sansad television.
In February 2020, the merging of LSTV and RSTV came after a report by a committee headed by former Prasar Bharati Chairman Surya Prakash. In November 2019, a committee was formed following a discussion between the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Rajya Sabha Chairman. The committee included Rajya Sabha Secretariat’s A Rao and Lok Sabha Secretariat’s Ganpati Bhatt. On June 24, last year, DH reported that a combined channel ‘Sansad TV’ was recommended by the committee under Prakash that there is a need for two separate platforms to ensure a live telecast of the proceedings of the Houses.
The committee said, “Two language variants would enable better branding and increased viewership by overcoming the shortcomings associated with the present bi-lingual telecast format of both the channels.”