Punjab government has assured the film and music industry that it would notify the Goonda Act "within a week" to deal with large scale piracy in the state, singer-turned politician and ruling Shiromani Akali Dal leader Hans Raj Hans said on Thursday.
"More than 100 of Punjabi singers have approached me to demand immediate notification of Goonda Act in the state, as almost all of them were facing acute financial difficulties, due to large scale piracy in the state", Hans, who is SAD candidate from Jalandhar(Reserve) parliamentary constituency, said.
Hans told PTI that he had approached Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal on the issue, who promised that "within a week notification regarding implementation of Goonda Act in the state would be issued".
He said that the Act was already in force in some of the states including Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, where it has proved "very successful" in checking the menace of piracy.
The music and film industry was suffering a loss of over Rs 1000 crore every year due to piracy and it was the duty of every state government to curb it, Hans said.
Earlier, a delegation of singers and cassette recording companies met Hans.
"Only Goonda Act can deal effectively with piracy and since SAD has nominated one of the singers from the Jalandhar constituency, we feel that state government is concerned about our plight," a prominent Punjabi singer said.