The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, November 25
Two days after Punjab CM Charanjit Channi fixed the monthly rate of cable connection at Rs 100, local cable operators raised their voice against the chief minister’s decision on Wednesday here.
Cable TV Operators Association expressed their problems at a press conference and said that there are around 5000 cable operators in Punjab who provide cable TV to 18 lakh subscribers. The association members said that this profession has provided employment to around 20,000 people due to which around 25,000 families are fully dependent on this profession.
As per the association, the Chief Minister had imposed this order on them. The business of cable TV comes under TRAI and as per the new rate tariff applicable for 200 channels, Network Capacity Fee (NCF) of Rs 130 per month has been fixed and LCOs cannot charge more than this. At the same time, customers have the freedom to choose the channel of their choice and pay accordingly. Cable operators earn only 20 per cent commission on MRP and their share is distributed equally among local cable operators and MSOs which is also decided by the TRAI.
They said that they have different packs available at Rs 130, Rs 169, Rs 186, Rs 275, Rs 318, Rs 360, Rs 381, Rs 453 on which GST is applicable separately and the customer can buy any pack.
They added that on average a cable gets only 300 to 500 connections. LCOs get 70% share of NCF and 10% share from broadcasters.
“After deducting salaries of employees, rent, electricity charges, cable operators earn only Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 25,000 per month,” said a cable operator.
The association appealed to the Chief Minister to reverse his decision so that around 5,000 families, who are dependent on this business for their livelihood, can be saved. The association members also appealed to the CM to issue instructions to the broadcasters to reduce the cost of channels and their cost so that the rates of cable TV could be reduced.