Cable operators’ federation have urged the Government to withdraw the system of collecting the subscription online from consumers.
As part of the statewide agitation, the Federation of Krishnagiri District Cable Operators Associations observed a fast in front of the Anna Statue near the new bus stand in Krishnagiri town on Thursday.
P. Vadivel, Secretary of the federation, said that the announcement of the government would affect the livelihood of over 2,000 cable operators across the district.
In spite of investing lakhs of rupees for infrastructure to provide cable connections to every household, the cable operators are at the mercy of the Arasu Cable TV Corporation. The operators were happy when the government took over the operation of cable TV in the interest of self-employed educated youth in the state.
They said that the demands which include recognising the cable operation as small industry, setting up of a separate welfare board for cable operators, insurance, bank loan facility and neutrality in allocation of channels were yet to be fulfilled, Mr. Vadivel said.
The operators wanted the government to enhance the monthly subscription to Rs. 100 from Rs. 70, withdraw the system of collecting the subscription online and withdraw agents to collect monthly subscription from the consumers.