|Early Times Report|
SRINAGAR, May 19: Despite strict directives from the government, the District Development Commissioners across the Kashmir Valley have failed to ban unauthorised TV channels in their respective districts.
On May 8, the government had asked all the DCs of the state to take action against transmission of 34 TV channels, including those from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The government had argued that these channels had the "potential to incite violence and create law and order situation".
"It has been reported that the cable operators in the Valley have been transmitting certain TV channels (which are not permitted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India)," an order issued by Principal Secretary, Home Department RK Goyal to all the Deputy Magistrates of the state, said.
Goyal had asked the DCs to clarify as to what action has been taken in regard to media reports that certain cable operators were "transmitting such non-permitted channels" and also directed them to take urgent necessary action.
"In the circumstances, it is impressed upon you to ensure that urgent necessary action is taken in accordance with provisions of law," the order read.
He had said the transmission of non-permitted TV channels by the cable operators attracts violation of the Cable TV Networks Regulation Rules.
"As per Section 11 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, the district magistrate has the power to seize the equipment in cas
of a violation," the order reads.
Ban makes no
The DCs in Kashmir have so far failed to adhere the directives of the government. Almost these unauthorised channels are running smoothly in all areas of the Valley.
However, the DCs in Kashmir have so far failed to adhere the directives of the government. Almost these unauthorised channels are running smoothly in all areas of the Valley.
"These channels are running in our area," said Mohammad Ashiq, a resident of Zakoora. "We know government has directed DCs to ban these channels but the orders have not been implemented so far," he said. The banning of channels had evoked a sharp criticism from several quarters in the Valley.
Hilal Ahmad, a resident of Rajbagh, said the banning of channels was not a good decision. "Let's hope the orders are not implemented in the future also," he said.
An official said the government apprehended that banning of Islamic channels may further anger the people. "The government might have directed DCs verbally not to stop airing these channels," he added.
The state Home Department, which is headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, has listed 34 such channels belonging to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia including Zakir Naik's Peace TV.
The 34 channels are Peace TV Urdu and English, ARY QTV, Madni Channel, Noor TV, Hadi TV, Paigam, Hidayat, Saudi Al-Sunnah Al-Nabawiyah, Saudi-Al-Quran Al-Karim, Sehar, Karbala TV, Ahli-biat TV, Message TV, Hum TV, ARY Digital Asia, Hum Sitaray, ARY Zindagi, PTV Sports, ARY Musik, TV One, ARY Masala, ARY Zauq, A TV, Geo News, ARY News Asia, Abb Takk News, Waseb TV, 92 News, Duniya News, Samna News, Geo Tez, Express News and ARY News.