The Cable Operators Guild of Madurai has filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court Bench here challenging a notification issued by Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable Television Corporation (TACTV), a government entity, on February 20 extending to the subscribers the facility of online payment of monthly subscription.
The Guild claimed that hundreds of Local Cable television Operators (LCO) would go jobless if the subscribers were allowed to pay the subscriptions either online or to representatives of TACTV without the intervention of LCOs.
As per the existing procedure, the LCOs were collecting the subscription at the rate of Rs.70 per connection and depositing Rs. 20 with TACTV. The rest of the amount was held by the operators to meet their expenses in providing the connections.
The LCOs had been complaining for long that Rs. 50 per connection was not enough and wanted an increase. Instead of taking measures to augment their income, the government had issued the new notification which would virtually force them to shut down business, the Guild said.
It said that the local operators would not be in a position to find out the monthly defaulters and snap their connections if the Corporation begins collecting the amount directly from the subscribers as under the recent notification.
Its president A Pandi alleged in the petition that the notification had been issued despite a promise made by the government that the creation of TACTV would not in any way affect the cable operators’ business.
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