New Delhi: As part of the efforts to ensure ease in doing business in the country, the Centre has extended the security clearance for broadcast companies from the existing three to 10 years. Sources said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has streamlined the procedure for security clearances and the broadcasters once cleared from security angle will have valid vetting certificate for a period of 10 years from the date of initial grant of security clearance.
The Centre had further streamlined the process by extending automatic security clearance to other proposals of an entity cleared by MHA , if it operates within the same sector. Earlier, separate security clearance was required, making the whole process lengthy for the broadcasters.
Earlier during the UPA regime, Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry had requested the MHA that in the event of launch of a fresh channel by a existing company, the clearance should be extended and must be made co-terminus with the parent company’s clearance as the whole process takes a long time and may adversely impact the broadcast business in the country.
According to sources, the new streamlined procedure for security clearance will be valid for Community Radio Stations, uplinking/downlinking of TV Channels, Multi System Operator and Teleport. However, in wake of change in Director Board or ownership, company will need new clearance.
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