MSOs and Cable TV operators across the country have decided to go on an indefinite strike to protest the imposition of 10.2 per cent service tax. Spokesperson of All India Cable TV Forum, says all major cities and towns would stop the services of cable TV from August 17. Only four news channels will remain operative during the strike, informs the spokesperson.
Putting forward the demands of cable operators he said the tax would put an extra burden on the general public. Parallel services like DTH or broadband also don’t have any service tax. Jawahar Goel, Head, Siticable, says, "The imposition of service tax on cable industry is unjustified and we have decided to go on an indefinite strike from tomorrow,"
Cable connections reach out over 45 million homes each day. As the forum says, such tax would hamper further growth of this industry. Cable operators have been pursuing the case of withdrawal with the Government for a long time. However, instead of being withdrawn it has embraced even the MSOs. “We are also being forced by the Government to increase the subscription from consumers, who are unwilling to pay any increase in cable charges. All this has added to our grievances and the only option left was to go on a nationwide strike,” says the forum spokesperson.
Among the cable operators participating in the strike, there are Hathway data com (Win cable), Siticable, RPG, Trinity, Cable Operators’ united Front (COUF), CODA (Mumbai), Forum of Cable Operators, Kolkata, Tamizhaga Cable TV Urimaiyalargal Sangam, Rajasthan Cable Operators Front, Federation of Punjab Cable Operators, Punjab Cable TV Network Association, etc.