Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today said that if everyone on social media is a bhakt, then you should also become one. The minister said this while replying to a question at the India Today event. The reach of digital media is quite immense, which cannot be denied, the minister was quoted as saying by the channel.
When the minister was asked about the violence in in Kashmir valley and the illegal broadcast of several Saudi Arabian channels and Pakistani channel there the minister said that district administrations in such scenarios have the power to shut down the cable network.
“Strategy to counter is not the work of Information and Broadcasting Ministry but it is the work of Home Ministry and Defence Ministry,” Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told the India Today channel.
Earlier this month, the minister had said that an advisory has been sent to authorities in Jammu and Kashmir after it was found that some cable operators were allegedly airing unauthorised Pakistani channels, a PTI report said. “We also monitor whenever such news comes up. Our work to ask for report about such incidents. The action is being taken,” he was quoted to have said by the news agency. The minister had also said that it was the job of the local administration to check unauthorised channels and they have the power to take action if needed.
“In Kashmir, the district collector or the authorised government official can confiscate the equipment and take action against cable operators,” Rathore was quoted by PTI while speaking to reporters in the national capital.
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Rathore was replying reports that several Saudi and Pakistani channels appart from Zakir Naik’s banned Peace TV and others which are allegedly indulging in “anti-India” propaganda were running without proper clearances through private cable networks in Kashmir, the PTI report said.
The state government had asked all deputy commissioners to see that no Pakistani television channel is aired in the Valley. It also blocked the airing of most of the religious channels, especially those from Saudi Arabia.