West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has set-up a committee to look into the problems of cable TV operators.
The committee includes Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, Labour Minister Malay Ghatak, Youth and Sports Minister Arup Biswas, the Commissioner of Police, and representatives of broadcasters and cable operators.
Banerjee made this announcement while meeting thousands of cable TV operators from across West Bengal at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium. The meeting was also attended by prominent people from Tollywood.
The state government will try to get a tripartite agreement to protect the interests of all, she said.
Banerjee also asked cable operators to come under the fold of MSMEs and announced several social security schemes for them and their families.
Every cable operator will get health insurance worth Rs 5 lakh. Cable operators will also get Rs 1500 per month and a one-time payment of Rs 2 lakh. To avail this benefit, cable operators have to pay Rs 30 per month up to the age of 60 years.
During the meeting, the cable operators told her that their financial condition worsened after digital addressable system (DAS) was introduced.
Meanwhile, Banerjee asked the operators to exercise caution on the fake news being circulated on the social media. She also asked them to stay vigilant and urged them not to beam news items involving communal violence that can fuel trouble and unrest elsewhere.
She also requested the operators to air government messages via cable TV to control such situations.
“Fake news is circulating in a big way. Fake news incite people leading to unrest. People should be aware of these and stay cautious,” Banerjee said.
She also lambasted Bengali serial producers for propagating regressive content. “I have noticed, in most Bengali serials, there is always one man, who is unaware of his father’s identity and has multiple wives. It’s a familiar plot. Besides, there will be villains in the story, who would create all sorts of a nuisance like mixing poison in the food and creating trouble in the family. How can one expect innocent minds to not get corrupted by watching these?” she said.