Sansad TV, a news channel combining the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, inaugurated on Wednesday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Speaker Om Birla at an event presided over by Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu. The Prime Minister described Sansad TV as the new voice of Parliament, saying it adds another significant chapter to the legislative system. He stated that Parliament is about more than politics; it is also about policy. Actually, he claims, it’s more about policy. Mr. Modi, who described India as the “mother of democracy,” added that democracy is “not just a constitutional framework for the people of India, but also a mentality.”
Mr. Naidu stated that the merging of the Lok Sabha Television (LSTV) and Rajya Sabha Television (RSTV) networks took a lot of thinking and planning. The LSTV, which was founded by former Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, has been broadcasting live coverage of the proceedings for 15 years, while the RSTV has been broadcasting live coverage for ten years. According to him, the new integrated channel would provide synergy and economies of scale. He remarked that the debut of Sansad TV coincided with the International Day of Democracy.
When Parliament is in session, both stations will continue to broadcast the live transmission as usual. Only Sansad TV will be broadcast when it is on recess. At least 60 new programmes, according to Sansad TV CEO Ravi Capoor, will be hosted by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, economists Bibek Debroy and Amitav Sanyal, endocrinologist Dr Ambrish Mithal, and former Rajya Sabha MP Karan Singh, along with others.