The government has asked states to constitute monitoring committees at district levels to monitor private satellite channels and local cable channels to detect and look into the violation of the Programme and Advertising Code.
“Orders for setting up of monitoring committees for private television channels at the state and district levels was issued in September 2005 and the order for constitution of an Inter-Ministerial committee to take cognizance suo motu or look into the specific complaints regarding violations of the Programme Code and Advertising Code, as defined in Rule 6 and 7 of the Cable Television Network Rules, 1994 was issued in April 2005,” I&B Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi said in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
As reported by exchange4media on August 31, 2005, Dasmunsi also declared that the government had decided to set up an Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC) for content monitoring of private television channels and to check violations of Programme and Advertisement Codes prescribed in the Cable Television Networks (Regulations), Act 1995 and rules framed thereunder.
The total cost of the project is Rs 11.65 crore out of which Rs 2.90 crore has already been released. Another Rs 5.85 crore has been allocated under Annual Plan 2006-07 for the purpose.
As of now, the EMMC project is underway on a temporary basis in Pushpa Vihar and is likely to commence in 2007, subject to availability of funds and other infrastructural requirements. However, the Ministry of Urban Development had been requested to give a permanent space for the project, Dasminsi informed the Parliament.
The Minister further said that the government had issued 190 show cause notices to different television channels for violation of Programme and Advertising Codes during the period 2004-06 till the date. Thirteen channels have been asked to run a scroll, 23 channels have been issued warnings, while two channels have been issued advisory letters, and one channel has been taken off air.
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