The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has been demonstrating its commitment towards meeting the 2015 deadline for digitisation through a serious of steps taken in recent times. Besides the I&B Minister tweeting about completing the process on time, the Ministry has now re-constituted a Task Force to oversee and monitor the implementation of Digital Addressable System (DAS) in the cable TV sector in the country.
During the implementation of DAS in Phase-I and Phase-ll, the Task Force served as an effective platform to discuss and address various issues arising out of digitisation process.
The Task Force also reviewed the progress made towards the digitisation from time to time.
As the process of cable TV digitisation of Phase-lll and Phase-lV is underway, it has been decided to re-constitute the Task Force with top executives of different forums.
The members will include I&B additional Secretary Chairperson, TRAI’s Principal Advisor for broadcast and cable satellite, I&B Ministry Joint Secretary Broadcasting, representative from the MSO Alliance, five independent MSOs, one each from North, South, East, West and North East Regions. Representatives from IBF, DTH Association, FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM, CEAMA, Department of DG; All India Radio, BECIL, BIS, Five prominent consumer organisations one each from North,South, East , West and North East regions, 33 state level nodal officers one each from States /Union territories Governments and Joint Secretary(Broadcasting ), M/o Information & Broadcasting.
The activities/Terms of Reference of the Task Force would be as under:-
(i) To act as a nodal body and provide an interface between the Government and the industry in all matters related to the implementation of DAS in the Cable TV sector
(ii) To oversee and monitor implementation of DAS
(iii)To analyse roadblocks that may come in the way to digitisation and suggest suitable measures to address those in an efficient manner so as to enable various stakeholders to carry forward the process of digitization
(iv)Any other issue arising out of , incidental to or connected with the implementation of the digital addressable system or specially referred to the Task Force by the Government, from time to time .
3. The Task Force may co-opt any member(s) as may be considered necessary from time to time.
4. The Members of the Task Force would participate and contribute to the above mentioned objectives on a voluntary basis and no travelling /daily allowances or other incidental expenses would be payable by the Government. This issue with the approval of the Competent Authority