New Delhi : Minister of State (MoS) for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has intended to increase the capacity of the Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC) which currently monitors around 300 television channels to 1500 by 2017. In next few months, the EMMC has planned to monitor over 600 channels.
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore informed Parliament that 300 channels are chosen randomly out of the 839 channels. “What the Ministry can say is that we will issue advisories and we will also take into account any complaint that comes,” he added.
EMMC monitors content of various television channels beaming over Indian territories for any violation of programme code, advertisement code, various provisions of cable television networks regulation act and any other law relevant to the content of satellite TV channel.
Earlier, the topic arose due to question raised by Samajwadi Party (SP) member Vishambhar Prasad Nishad accusing Bigg Boss reality show stating that “There is one show which has cameras filming women bathing in open, in another show, ‘Man v/s Wild’, there is a man eating insects. Have you taken any action against them?”
“There are shows which are against morals.. they show multiple marriages, indecency, violence … Is there any evaluation of its bad effects on common people and children?” he asked.
The MoS for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said the “definition of morals, what is worth watching, what is not worth watching, the definition is different for every area, society and family. Government only gives a broad outline”.
“If someone violated the content code, we take action. There is also a number which is flashed at the bottom of the screen for those who have any complaint on the content,” he said.