India’s Planning Commission Sets Up 17-Member Body To Study TV Digitisation

This is interesting. India’s Planning Commission, a policy advisory body, was almost losing its relevance. Ever since India embarked on economic liberalisation, all the important policies have been shaped by the Prime Minister’s Office or the respective ministries.-  But I should say that it’s not. Planning Commission is keeping up with the times.
Here-  is a report which says that Planning Commission has set up a 17-member committee to prepare a blueprint for the digitisation of Indian TV industry. Planning Commission member secretary RR Saha will be the chairman and members include representatives from Nasscom, Mait, Prasar Bharati, Cetma, TV production houses and joint secretary of PMO. The committee is believed to have met on April 5. Plan panel’s move was in response to a recent report by Hong Kong-based Media Partners Asia (MPA), which said that India is set to emerge as Asia’s leading revenue generating pay TV market by 2015, with multichannel video industry (cable, direct-to-home, and internet protocol television) turnover growing from $3.6bn in ’05 to $7.2bn by ’10 and $10.5bn by ’15. In any case, it’s an interesting move from India’s apex policy advisory body.