Bengaluru, Dec 9: Albeit telecasting of astrology related programs in Kannada television channels is a debatable issue, the state government will not be 'moving forward' to impose 'ban' on telecasting the same.
Trustworthy sources in the Chief Minister's office informed this to OneIndia when asked to know the plans of the government in this concern.
However, the state is firm on bringing effective laws to curb occult and superstitious practices though passing Anti-Superstitious bill. "The government is hopeful of passing the bill." sources expressed confidence.
Most of the Kannada channels, mainly news channels air astrology programs in Karnataka. The program is a hit as it fetches many viewers bagging good TRP.
It all started with a statement of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah made at Bengaluru in a program organised to felicitate veteran Dalit leaders on Monday, Dec 7.
CM said, "See television channels, there is systematic.... and I don't know to call what it is. At morning, 7 am channels air programs related to astrology, horoscope and zodiac signs. Women of our houses sit with dedication to watch those programs."
He further added that "One must be very cautious about such programs." At this juncture a member from the audience posed a question asking "sir will those programs be banned from airing?". CM replied saying, "let's see, we are also 'thinking' on that."
The sources said CM has never made a statement claiming the state would bar such programs. But the government is working hard on all fronts to realise the passage of Karnataka Prevention of Superstitious Bill.
When OneIndia asked does astrology programs spread false believes, the sources said, "it's all there and it is debatable."
Besides, sources opined that it is impossible to stop such programs as it is occurring in large scale in the state television channels.
To widen the debate, while OneIndia contacted few Editor-In-Chiefs of prominent Kannada news channels, all refused to speak on the issue.