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I&B Ministry to ensure digitalisation of cable services: Soni

delhi Updated: Nov 06, 2009 22:27 IST

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni on Friday assured that the ministry is taking all necessary steps to ensure digitalisation of cable services to address issues like visibility and carriage fees.

Chairing the first meeting of the newly constituted Consultative Committee of Members of Parliament attached to the ministry, Soni said: "keeping our focus on digitilisation, the ministry has placed before the Cabinet the 'Head End in the Sky' (HITS) policy for its approval."

She also informed the members that after consultations with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), draft guidelines for Phase III of FM radio services have been drawn up for consideration of the Cabinet.

The ministry is laying adequate stress on popularising the Community Radio service, Soni said, adding regional Censor Boards would be reconstituted shortly.

The minister said that in view of the ongoing debate, efforts are on to evolve an independent, autonomous and credible mechanism to look into the issue of broadcast regulation. She also mentioned that FDI limits would be decided based on TRAI recommendations.

Soni assured the members that periodic meetings of the Consultative Committee would be held as per guidelines.