The I&B minister Prakash Javadekar told in the Lok Sabha, the ministry granted most TV channel licences in FY 2014-15. The ministry approved 74 TV channel licences during the fiscal.
He said in FY 2018-19, 57 new licences were followed while in the preceding fiscal the number of new licences stood at 34. The number was 53 in FY 2016-17. 40 licences were granted in FY 2014-15, which is also the first year of BJP-led NDA government.
The new minister said that there is no provision of conducting raids on TV channels in the Policy Guidelines for Uplinking / Downlinking of Private Satellite TV Channels, 2011. He also said that 102 licences have been withdrawn in the last five years.
He said: “However, permission granted to TV channels are cancelled for violating the said guidelines. During the last five years, permission has been cancelled in respect of 102 cases.”