Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur on Wednesday launched a Broadcast Seva Portal, for end to end solutions to the broadcasting sector. Broadcast Seva Portal is an online portal solution for speedy filing and processing of applications of broadcasters for various kinds of licenses, permissions, registrations, and other facilities. Speaking on the occasion, Anurag Thakur said the Government has harnessed technology to bring transparency in the system and make it more accountable. He said the Broadcast Seva Portal will reduce the turnaround time of applications and at the same time will help applicants track the progress. This portal will reduce the human interface that was required earlier and thus add to capacity building of the Ministry and will be a major step towards Ease of Doing Business. Thakur further added that the 360 degree digital solution will facilitate the stakeholders in seeking permissions, applying for registration, tracking applications, calculating fees and executing payments. “This portal will provide its services under the wider umbrella efforts of Digital India to all stakeholders to private satellite TV channels, teleport operators, MSOs, community and private radio channels etc” he said. The Union Minister said, “Media and entertainment sector is growing continuously and it will be $30 Bn in the next 2 yrs. We’ve over 900 satellite TV channels today and over 1762 multi-service operators” he said. Thakur said the Broadcast Seva Portal, has been launched to bring transparency, accountability, and responsiveness to the ecosystem and will also aid ease in doing business. Talking about the importance of the portal, I&B Secretary Apurav Chandra said “the Portal has been integrated with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs portal. We can get all required details like TIN Number, the balance sheet of the company, etc, and we are able to process it accordingly.” As per the Ministry, the portal is an end to end solution for the broadcasting sector that will benefit 900 satellite TV channels, 70 teleport operators, 1,700 multi-service operators, 350 community radio stations, and 350 private FM channels.