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RMC examines complaints against Cable TV operators


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KARACHI- The first meeting of the Regional Monitoring Committee for Cable TV Operations (Sindh and Balochistan) met here at the Regional office of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority under the chairmanship of Irshad Khan and examined 13 complaints received against cable TV operators.

The meeting, which was also attended by Chairman PTA, Mian Muhammad Javed, decided to call the complainants and cable operators to listen to their respective viewpoints as to the alleged violation of PTA rules and regulations.

After giving hearing to the two sides, the Regional Committee will recommend action to be taken in these cases to PTA. Most complaints related to unsatisfactory quality of service, running business without licences, showing of immoral materials, not showing basic channels, non-response to subscriber’s complaints, etc.

It was decided to associate citizens to help promote moral values and to pursue the cable operators to use the service for the spread of knowledge.

The Chairman PTA Mian Muhammad Javed said that generation of local programmes is not permitted. He informed that if has been decided that cable operators will be at least two PTV and Islamic channels like lqra and Qu’ranic channel.

He said the people having any complaint against showing of immoral channels, can lodge their complaint with the Regional Monitoring Committee through the Regional Director Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) who is also the Secretary of the Monitoring Committee.

Mian Javed said that since the introduction of system, the Regional Office PTA has sold 836 application forms for permission to operate cable service. The PTA has so far issued 483 demand notices against which 340 licences issued.

Province-wise. he informed, 328 licences have been issued in Sindh, six in Balochistan, five in Punjab and one in NWFP.

Chairman PTA said of the total number of licences issued, 295 have been issued in category B I (Upto 1000 subs), 40 in category B2 (from 1 001 to 5000 subs), one each in category B3 (5001-10,000 subs), B4 (10,001-25,000 subs), B5 (25,001-50,000 subs), B6 (50,001-100,000 subs) and B8 (above 200,000 subs). No licence has been obtained so far in category B7 (100.001-200,000 subs).

Of the total number office2s, 138 were issued in the month of June, 115 in July 57 in August 24 in September and six in October 2000.

The highest number of 242 licences were issued in Karachi followed by Hyderabad 25, Larkana nine, Jacobabad, Quetta and Sukkur six each, Nawabshah five, Mirpurkhas, Thatta and Sanghar four each, T.M. Khan and Dadu three each, Shikarpur, Mirpur Mathelo, Umerkot and Ghotki two each and one each in Khairpur, Hala, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Lahore, Badin, Naushahro Feroze, Peshawar, Rahimyar Khan, Rohri, Sakrand, Shahdadpur, Tando Jan Muhammad, Tharparkar and Multan.

It may be mentioned here that Government of Pakistan framed Cable TV Rules under Section 57 of the Act, which empowers the Authority to constitute Central and Regional Monitoring Committees to assist and guide the PTA in public interest.

Source: The Nation
Date:10/11/2000