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The Prime Minister of India has launched Sansad TV on the occasion of the International Day of Democracy.
About Sansad TV
Sansad TV has been formed by merging the two parliamentarian channels Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV.
The merger was done based on the recommendations of a committee formed in 2019 under former Prasar Bharati Chairman Surya Prakash.
The channel will primarily be in four categories — functioning of Parliament and democratic institutions, governance and implementation of schemes/policies, history and culture of India and issues/interests/concerns of contemporary nature.
The budget of Sansad TV will be shared jointly by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. While Lok Sabha will bear two-third of the overall cost, Rajya Sabha will share one-third.
|Read more: “Sansad TV”: A merger of the LSTV and the RSTV|
About International Day of Democracy
International Day of Democracy is celebrated around the world on 15 September each year.
It was established through a resolution passed by the UN General Assembly in 2007, encouraging governments to strengthen and consolidate democracy.
The day owes its existence to the Universal Declaration on Democracy which was adopted on September 15, 1997, by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), which is an international organisation of national parliaments.
The theme for 2021: “Strengthening democratic resilience in the face of future crises.”
Source: This post is based on the following articles
- “PM launches Sansad TV” published in The Hindu on 16th September 2021.
“Democracy is our lifestream, says PM at Sansad TV launch” published in TOI on 16th September 2021.