MUMBAI: This is one state which is taking the central
government’s order to keep a check on the content being aired satellite TV
channels following the hue and cry which was raised after the Peace TV
controversy. We are referring to the Telangana state government.
Yesterday it constituted the State and District level monitoring
committees whose job will be to ensure effective implementation of the Cable
Television Network (Regulation) Act.
The committees are expected to meet at least once a year and
submit a detailed annual report for Telangan, including district-wise data of
cable operators registered within the state and estimated number of TV
homes/viewers, to the I&B ministry before 31 December 31 annually. Their
job would also be to recommend action and forwarding complaints against
satellite television channels that are violating the government’s orders on the
programme and advertising codes to the I&B ministry, to ensure that
respect, dignity and self-esteem of children and women and other sections of
society are duly protected, to see whether the authorised officers are
effectively performing their duties, to see how many cases are handled by them
and what decisions are arrived at, to give suggestion/ guidance to district/
local level committee, to take decision on the matters referred to it by
district/ local level committee, to collect data/ information from district/
local level committee and forward it to I&B secretary.
On the state level committee would be the following: the
principal secretaries of revenue and home, secretary and commissioner of
I&PR department, Doordarshan Kendra Hyderabad director and commercial taxes
The district level committee would have the following members:
district collector, superintendent of police, commercial taxes deputy
commissioner or his representative and the district public relations officer.
Observers believe that the setting up of the committees is a
step in the right direction, but the state would have done well to have other
representatives from society and the private sector to give a more holistic