Akhilesh Yadav mooting to launch own TV channel in UP

Akhilesh, who is currently the charge of the information department in UP is likely to come with a proposal to start a TV channel in a meeting of all information ministers to be held in New Delhi on Saturday.

Akhilesh Yadav mooting to launch own TV channel in UP

With UP elections round the corner, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is reportedly planning to launch a TV news channel.

Akhilesh, who is currently the charge of the information department in UP is likely to come with a proposal to start a TV channel in a meeting of all information ministers to be held in New Delhi on Saturday.

The meeting is hosted by Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Akhilesh has reportedly asked UP minister for Trade Tax Yasar Shah to press for the demand.

Later Shah confirmed his government will come with the demand in the meeting, which is being held after a gap of 10 years.

“I have been informed that the central government does not give permission to state governments to run their own TV news channels. It is a matter of concern. When private and government institutions are granted such permission, why not state governments?” Shah quoated as saying to Indian Express.

Sources said UP government officials are seriously mooting the idea of launching government’s own TV channel.
However, I &B Ministry had earlier rejected similar demand from rom Delhi assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel in early 2016. Goel requested the Ministry to grant permission to telecast House proceedings, similar to live telecast of proceedings by Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV.

According to sources, UP officials were told state governments and assemblies will not be given the permission to start own TV channel.

Meanwhile, Minister of State in the Ministry of I & B Rajyavardhan Rathore told Lok Sabha that the Ministry will take a decision on granting license to state-owned MSO Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV) only after Inter-Ministerial Committee comes with a final decision on TRAI’s recommendations on the giving license to state-owned companies.
The recommendations of TRAI are under the consideration of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC). Their applications will be processed on receipt of IMC recommendations,” Rathore added.