New Delhi: Vice President of India and Rajya Sabha Chairperson, M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will jointly launch Sansad TV at the Main Committee Room, Parliament House Annexe today (September 15) at 6 PM. The launch date coincides with the International Day of Democracy, informed the official communique by the Prime Minister`s Office.
In February 2021, the decision to merge Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV was taken and the CEO of Sansad TV was appointed in March 2021. Sansad TV programming 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 Lok Sabha TV (LSTV) was founded in July 2006 with the aim that people had the right to know what their elected representatives are saying in the Parliament. Reportedly, it was the brainchild of former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee who introduced the idea of a 24x7 Parliamentary channel with the objective to acquaint citizens with the functioning of the House.
The Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV), covering the proceedings of the Upper House, was a public cable television channel owned and operated by the Rajya Sabha. Apart from telecasting live coverage of the proceedings of Rajya Sabha, the channel would also broadcast knowledge-based programmes.