The Union law ministry is all set to have its own television channel to create awareness and for research purposes in various law universities. The channel is expected to telecast discussions and constitutional interpretations on issues such as triple talaq, uniform civil code apart from creating legal awareness. The ministry has sought a separate channel from the 32 direct-to-home channels launched by the ministry of human resource development under the name of Swayam Prabha. The channels were launched to broadcast programmes for school and university students.
A letter seeking operational rights for one channel has been written to the Union HRD ministry. The ministry hopes to rope in celebrities from the film fraternity including celebrated directors such as Prakash Jha to produce quality content to educate the marginalised sections. The government's plan is to start the project by broadcasting programmes for a few hours on a daily basis and switch to a 24/7 mode after enough content has been gathered.
In a bid to create content for the proposed channel, the ministry has launched a competition for freelance documentary and filmmakers of various law schools with a cash prize. Five to 30-minute documentaries or short films are expected out of the competitors on relevant issues.