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Broadcast Bill to be tabled in monsoon session

india Updated: Jul 15, 2006 15:58 IST

The controversial Broadcast Bill, that could give sweeping powers to authorities to control media, is likely to be introduced in the coming monsoon session of Parliament with government insisting it will be "most media-friendly legislation".

"When introduced in the Parliament, it will be the most media-friendly legislation in the world," Information and Broadcasting Minister PR Dasmunsi told reporters on the sidelines of a briefing of the Union Cabinet.

Dasmunsi said representatives from the electronic media had already been consulted on the measure and the government was in the process of discussing it with print media.

Asked if the Bill could be tabled in the monsoon session, that starts on July 24, he said, "We will take a chance."

Domestic media and entertainment companies met Information and Broadcasting Secretary SK Arora on Tuesday and expressed concern over the proposed bill.

Zee chief Subhash Chandra, part of Indian Media Group (IMG), which is an association of domestic media and entertainment companies, said Arora assured them that government would consult them before tabling the Bill in the Parliament.