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Centre directs J&K govt to stop unauthorised channels from Pak and Saudi Arabia

NEW DELHI: The Centre has directed the Jammu and Kashmir government to take immediate steps to stop the unauthorised broadcast of Pakistani and Saudi Arabian channels in the state.

Concerned over reports that these channels are being broadcast in Jammu and Kashmir without permission, Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu sought a compliance report at the earliest from the state chief secretary.

Earlier, Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said the state local administration has right to confiscate the equipment of cable operators allegedly airing unauthorised channels. Commenting on the government’s advisory sent to the state, Rathore said such communications are regularly sent by the Centre on unauthorised channels.

Rajyavardhan Rathore 01“We also monitor whenever such news comes up. It is our work to ask for report about such incidents. The action is being taken. It is the responsibility of the local administration to monitor unauthorised channels in their area and they have the right to take action against them. In Kashmir, the district collector or the authorised government official can confiscate the equipment and take action against cable operators,” Rathore said.

Rathore was reacting to reports that over 50 Saudi and Pakistani channels besides Zakir Naik’s banned Peace TV and others indulging in “anti-India” propaganda were allegedly running without necessary clearances via private cable networks in Kashmir.