Ministry of Home Affairs has alerted the State Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police regarding possibility of eruption of violence in different parts of the country in connection with the counting of votes on Thursday.
MHA has asked the States and UTs to maintain law & order, peace and public tranquility. States/ UTs have been further asked to take adequate measures for the security of strong rooms and venues of counting of votes. This is in the wake of calls given and statements made in various quarters for inciting violence and causing disruption on the day of counting of votes.
I&B Ministry has issued an advisory regarding carrying of news and current affairs content on TV channels. The advisory states that in accordance with the Policy Guidelines for Uplinking of Television Channels From India, 2011, I&B Ministry gives permission for uplinking of TV channels under two categories: (i) Non-News & Current Affairs; and (ii) News & Current Affairs. These two categories are defined as under:
Non-News & Current Affairs Channel- A Non-News & Current Affairs TV channel means a channel which does not have any element of news and current affairs in its programme content News & Current Affairs Channel – A News & Current Affairs TV channel means a channel which has any element of news and current affairs in its programme content.
The News Channels are mandated to carry news and current affairs content while Non-News and Current Affairs channels are not mandated to carry any news and current affairs content. Also, at the time of applying for a Non-News TV channel, the applicant company gives an undertaking that the proposed channel is purely an entertainment channel and does not have any news or current affairs based programme.
In view of the above, it is hereby advised that all TV channels may strictly ensure that there is no violation of the aforementioned conditions of the Guidelines.