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Eye on cable content

New Delhi, Aug. 18: The government is planning to keep an eye on cable-linked content on channels and has asked all states to form panels at multiple levels to monitor cable networks.

In a recent letter to states, I&B minister Prakash Javadekar said the Union government wanted these state- and district-level committees to ensure compliance with rules framed under the Cable TV Network (Regulation) Act, 1995.

“The ministry had already notified district collectors, sub-divisional magistrates and commissioners of states as authorised officers to take action if violations are noticed at the district level. According to the rules, all states should have these committees but most don’t,” a senior official said.

The official said these panels would provide a forum where the public can lodge a complaint regarding content aired over cable television. “They will also be important in reviewing action taken by authorised officers.”

The state-level committees would be headed by the information and public relations secretary or the home secretary while district magistrates would head the district-level forums.