As promised by PM Manmohan Singh three years ago

Shimla: Over 9000 households and public institutions in the Kinnaur district were provided with Direct to Home sets by the Centre, fulfilling a promise made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh three years ago.

“A total of 9926 DTH sets were being distributed among households and public institutions like schools and panchayat bhawans in three sub-divisions of Kinnaur particularly the ‘shadow areas’, where signal is not available without dish antenna,” Kinnaur Deputy Commissioner P.S. Draik said on Sunday.

Though the population of Kinnaur is nearly 18,000, over half the population particularly in the remote areas have been covered on priority basis, said Mr. Draik adding that the distribution which started a week ago is nearing its completion.

The set top box and antenna have been made available by the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry while distribution is being carried out by the District administration, he said.

Mr. Draik, however, said that he has no knowledge about future delivery of sets for covering the remaining population.

On the demands of local people, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to the high altitude Kinnaur district in 2005 had promised to provide DTH sets free of cost to watch Doordarshan and other free to air channels.

Draik said people in areas like Chitkul, Raksham, Chansu in Sangla block, Sumara, Changu and Leo in Pooh and Chaura and Ropi in Bhawanagar located at an average height of 4000 to 12,000 have been provided DTH sets.

District Administration is giving technical backups for installation of the sets, he added.-- PTI