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I&B min urges UTs to restrict airing of objectionable content, unauthorised channels

MUMBAI: Soliciting cooperation from the union territories (UTs), I&B Minister Venkaiah Naidu stressed the need to ensure effective implementation of the Cable TV Act in order to restrict airing of objectionable content and unauthorised channels.

He urged UTs to appoint nodal officers who can assist the district magistrates in this task. He also highlighted that UT administration was required to direct concerned DMs to investigate the matter for identifying non-existing publications in their districts and cancel the declarations of such publications as per the PRB Act.

Out of 16,132 registered publications in Delhi, only 3704 publications have submitted their annual returns in the last five years.

The minister stated this while chairing a meeting to review the functioning of the media units of the I&B Ministry located in the UTs here today. Minister of State for I&B Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, Andaman & Nicobar Islands Lieutenant Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, I&B Secretary NK Sinha, representatives from UTs and senior officers from the ministry were also present at the meeting.

During the review meeting, Naidu announced that the All India Radio would be commissioning two new shortwave solid state digital transmitters of 100 kW power each for dissemination of content across the border for Afghanistan–Pakistan region by the end of August 2017. The transmitters will be installed in Delhi.

For the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a new 100 W FM transmitter would be installed in Car Nicobar by the end of the financial year. He also mentioned that to enhance the outreach, the 3KW FM transmitter in Daman would be replaced by a 6KW transmitter. Similarly, in Karaikal, Puducherry, the present 6 KW FM transmitter would be replaced by 10KW FM transmitter to enhance the reach.

Highlighting the importance of communication in local dialects, Naidu urged the UTs to put emphasis on setting up of community radio stations in the UTs. He also mentioned the liberalised subsidy of 75% by the Centre for stakeholders in this regard.

Naidu reiterated that the government believed in cooperative federalism and that the Centre and states/UTs needed to work as a team in scripting the development narrative.

Rathore mentioned that the monitoring of the content broadcast by cable operators/channels could be done using a software and that physical verification was not required.

Earlier today, the I&B secretary chaired a review meeting with the officials from UTs, senior officials from the ministry and media unit heads to discuss and deliberate on various issues.