New Delhi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Monday called on President Pranab Mukherjee and met a host of central ministers including Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley, whom he urged to turn Doordarshan, Ranchi, into a 24 hours satellite based broadcasting centre.
Official sources termed Das's meeting with the President as a "courtesy" call.
He apprised Mukherjee on the present scenario of Jharkhand and also informed him about future schemes for development of the state, an official statement said.
During his meeting with Jaitley, Das informed him about the difficulty faced by 3.25 crore people of his state in watching the programmes of Doordarshan Kendra, Ranchi, as it is not telecast through satellite, an official statement said.
"The people are not able to see the programmes as the cable operators are not broadcasting the channel which is why viewers in the state and outside it are not able to see the developmental works of the government and its message," the CM said as per the statement.
The Jharkhand CM said that although the Ranchi centre was established in 1984 and it was still not available through satellite unlike other centres like Patna, Bhopal, Chandigarh and Lucknow which were established much later.
He said that programmes like "Krishi Darshan, Swastha Charcha" and others, which are part of the massive campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi are not being able to reach the common people.
Jaitley assured Das that the matter will be taken up and the Centre will extend all possible help.
The Chief Minister also made courtesy calls to other Ministers including Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Surface Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh and MP Karia Munda.
Das had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday amidst reports of the state cabinet's expansion which is likely to take place after a three-day special session of the Assembly starting on January 6.