Final position on digitalisation likely in a week: Govt

Last Updated: Friday, June 15, 2012 - 16:50

New Delhi: With the June 30 deadline for the digitalisation of cable services in metros approaching fast and preparedness of the four cities hanging in doubt, the government today said that it would declare its final position on the matter in a week's time.

"The task force meeting was held today. All the representatives of the stakeholders were present and we had a very detailed and frank discussion," Information and Broadcasting Secretary Uday Kumar Varma said here.

He was speaking to reporters after the I&B Ministry's task force on digitalisation reviewed the progress made in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, where the cable sector is supposed to go completely digital from July 1.

"The task force took note of all the information that it has received from the stakeholders. We are also in touch with the state governments, and after considering all these things, we will come to a conclusion," Varma said.

"May be by next week, we will make the position public," he said.

Varma also said that during the meeting, some stakeholders sought postponement of the digitalisation deadline.

"Some suggestions have come, some stakeholders have sought extension, some have said that do not give extension, some are of the view that extension will not be given but may be that we give some relaxation in implementing this thing," Varma said.

"Suggestions have come. We will take a view on them," he said.

Installation of set top boxes (STBs) in every cable- viewing household is one of the requirements for digitalisation. There are an estimated 103,16,500 subscribers in the four metros alone.

PTI

First Published: Friday, June 15, 2012 - 16:50
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