Committee to monitor and redress complaints about telecast programmes

Bhopal, December 1, 2015 (Ataullah Faizan):   The state government has constituted a committee headed by Principal Secretary Public Relations to monitor and redress complaints at the state level about programmes telecast from cable TV networks and private TV channels. The Committee is being constituted in pursuance of Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act 1995 and orders issued in February 2008 by Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry (Telecast Division), New Delhi. The committee’s tenure will be of 2 years. Members of the committee will include representative of DG Police, Principal Secretary/Secretary Women and Child Development, a representative of prominent NGO working for women’s welfare in the state (President of Aadhar Kala Training Centre, Bhopal Mrs. Bharti Budhwani), educationist Mr. B.K. Kuthiyala, psychologist Dr. R.S. Sahu and social scientist Mr. Gyanendra Gautam. State’s Director (Information) has been appointed Member-Secretary of the Committee.

The committee will submit annual report before December 31 every year to the Central Government about district-wise figures of cable operators registered under the Act in the state and estimated number of houses having TV/viewers. Terms of reference of the committee include constitution of district level monitoring committees, effective enforcement of granted powers, disposal and decision on cases, directives and suggestions to district/local level committees, decision of referred cases, collect figures/information and send the same to Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Committees’ works will also include sending recommendation through Chief Secretary to Information and Broadcasting Ministry for action against satellite channels (National Channels) if they violate orders of the Union Government pertaining to code of conduct for programmes and advertisement.