Information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry allocates Rs20 crore to Prasar Bharati to distribute 30,000 DTH set-top boxes free of charge in tribal, remote and border areas. The information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry has allocated a sum of Rs20 crore to public broadcaster Prasar Bharati to distribute direct-to-home (DTH) set-top boxes free of charge in tribal, remote and border areas. In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Rajyavardhan Rathore, minister of state for information and broadcasting, said that 30,000 DTH set-top boxes have been approved for distribution in consultation with the state governments. “Prasar Bharati has informed that DTH receiver sets have been distributed by Doordarshan, in the past, in select areas. Further, 30,000 DTH receiver sets have been approved for distribution in tribal, remote & border areas, in consultation with state governments. An allocation of Rs20 crore has been made for this purpose,” said Rathore, in his reply. Doordarshan’s DTH platform DD Free Dish is the only free-to-air television distribution platform in India and is the largest DTH operator with 22 million subscribers, according to recent estimates from television viewership measurement agency Broadcast Audience Research Council (Barc) India, shared by Doordarshan.