New Delhi, Sep 19 (UNI) Haryana's Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dharambir Singh today urged the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi to restart the news bulletin from All India Radio, Rohtak and to increase the LPT capacity of Hisar Doordarshan Kendra into HPT.
Speaking at the 26th Conference of State and UT Ministers of Information and Cinematography here, Mr Singh said in the present scenario where entertainment industry is growing rapidly and also changing very fast, therefore, it has become a vital part of the Indian economy.
He said the Broadcasting Bill should be passed and it should not be again allowed to lapse as was the case in 1997. The Cable Television Networks Act needs to be implemented with a firm hand and if required necessary amendments be brought to rein those misusing its various provisions.
He said no doubt, the spurt of sting operations has created an awakening among the people and made the wrong doers conscious of their own misdeeds. However, there has been recent instance of a school teacher in the national capital who has, allegedly been falsely implicated by vested interests, he added.
He said there is a need to ensure that innocent people are not trapped in such sting operations.
Mr Singh said the problem software piracy also needs to be tackled in an effective manner especially by the Departments of Public Relations and Cultural Affairs in coordination with the Police Department.
He said the Haryana Government is in the process of appointing District Level Monitoring Committees on Broadcasting Content and shortly these would be functional. The District Public Relations Officers or District Information Officers should be imparted training so as to sensitise them on such issues.
He said for this purpose, the Central Government should provide adequate funds to the State government.
In Haryana, the rate of entertainment duty has been reduced from 50 per cent to 30 per cent, he said and added that as regards exemption to Prasar Bharti from various taxes are is concerned, under the Punjab Entertainment Duty Act, taxes leviable only when admission to any entertainment is on payment.
He said if any activity of Prasar Bharti is covered under the Act, details of the same are required before the exemption from tax under the Punjab Entertainment Duty Act is considered.