Jayalalithaa writes to PM on issuing DAS license to ARASU

The multi-system operator had applied for the license on July 5 but hasn’t received one till date

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Dec 18, 2012 6:28 PM Updated: Dec 18, 2012 6:28 PM
Jayalalithaa writes to PM on issuing DAS license to ARASU

(DAS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Sunday requested the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to direct the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to issue the digital addressable system (DAS) licence to the state-run Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Jayalalithaa said the multi-system operator had applied for the license on July 5, but hasn’t received one.  

(Pic of Jayalalithaa) “It is learnt that the Ministry has issued the licence to nine other multi-system operators (MSO) in Tamil Nadu, including those who applied after the Arasu Cable TV Corporation,” Jayalalithaa added. She has also expressed that the DAS license has not been issued to Arasu Cable despite a team of AIADMK Parliament members meeting Manmohan Singh on November 29. “However, the DAS license is yet to be issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,” she added.

On the other hand the letter also notes that the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has also passed orders on December 6 for issuing the license to Arasu Cable. According to Jayalalithaa, a delegation led by AIADMK MP M.Thambidurai had met Ambika Soni on October 26, the then Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, and Manish Tewari, the present Minister on November 27.

She also claimed that the Arasu Cable provides 100 channels at Rs.70 per month to subscribers and to 23,000 local cable operators. At least six million subscribers are availing the services of the operator.

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