Cable TV Operators Association (COA) state committee will take out a protest march to Vydyuthi Bhavan, the headquarters of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), at Pattom on March 31 against the government's decision to permit Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL) to draw its optical fibre cables on KSEB's electric posts.
COA president N H Anwar said that despite getting national acclaim for their initiatives such as swift cable TV digitisation, Kerala Vision digital TV and broadband internet services, the State Government had not been paying heed to the COA's demands and was trying to bring down the cable operators networks that employ people from around 50,000 families in the state.
Anwar said that the COA had been trying to provide world class service at considerable rates and shielding the customers from corporates who charge hefty fee for the same services. However, Anwar said that the government had been acting on vested interests by favouring corporate giants such as the Reliance.
The COA said it would lead the march against the KSEB and government's actions favouring corporates and demanding withdrawal of KSEB's decision to retrospectively charge fee from 2011 and to allow more than one company to use its electric posts. It also demanded that the rents for electric posts be modified based on Corporation, municipality and panchayat levels.
The COA said that it would not telecast Reliance-owned television channels- CNN-IBN, CNBC, Colors, MTV and ETV- on March 31 as a mark of protest.
Opposition Deputy leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan would inaugurate the convention in front of the Martyrs' Column at Palayam here on March 31 which would also be attended by K Muraleedharan MLA, KSEB Workers Association president K O Habeeb, KSEB Officers Association general secretary Suresh Kumar and Yuva Morcha president P Sudheer, among others.
Source- Indian express