The Federation of Consumer Associations of West Bengal (FCAWB) has urged the West Bengal government to ensure that cable TV operators do not arbitrarily increase the monthly subscription rates.
The federation has requested West Bengal minister for consumer protection Mr Naren Dey to work out a law on the lines of a Tamil Nadu legislation to prevent service providers from increasing rates arbitrarily. The FCAWB has pointed out that the Cable TV Networks (Regu-lation) Act, 1995 is not enough to protect viewers’ interests.
The FCAWB has already filed a public interest litigation (PIL) at the Kolkata High Court against the “arbitrary and discriminatory hike” in service charges levied by cable TV operators in the state. The PIL had listed the Union of India, RPG Netcom, Siti Cable Network, Forum of Cable Operators and South Calcutta Unicable (P) Ltd as parties to the complaint. The FCAWB has also urged the state government to frame detailed guidelines for the cable TV trade.