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Committee to review TRP guidelines

5th November, 2020 Polity

Context: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has constituted a four-member committee to review the guidelines on television rating agencies headed by Shashi Shekhar Vempati, CEO of Prasar Bharati.

Shashi Shekhar Vempati committee

  • This comes after the Mumbai police investigations that revealed that a few news channels had tampered with the ratings.
  • The existing guidelines were issued after detailed deliberations by the Parliamentary committee and on the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
  • These guidelines have been in operation for the last few years.
  • There is a need for a fresh look at it keeping in view of the recent recommendations of TRAI, technological advancements and for further strengthening of the procedures for a credible and transparent rating system.
  • The committee will carry out an appraisal of the existing system, examine TRAI recommendations notified from time to time, overall industry scenario and address the needs of the stakeholders.



Nurturing Neighborhoods Challenge

Context: Centre launches ‘Nurturing Neighborhoods Challenge’

  • Aim: Helping cities improve urban infrastructure for children, families
  • The Union Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA) Ministry launched a challenge for cities to develop and implement initiatives to improve the quality of life of young children, caregivers and families.
  • It will be open for the 100 Smart Cities, cities with population of more than 5 lakh and State/Union Territory capitals.
  • The three-year challenge will help cities to
    • re-imagine parks and open spaces;
    • improve access to early childhood facilities;
    • adapt public spaces with early childhood-oriented amenities; and
    • create accessible, safe, walkable streets for young children and families.
  • Need: Families are challenged by inadequate public transport, as well as food, healthcare and childcare deserts.
  • Thoughtful urban planning and design can play a major role in addressing such challenges and in giving children a good start in life.