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West Bengal to ignore 27 December deadline for digitisation

“The analogue system will still continue. We will not accept the deadline as the ground reality in the state is different,” state urban development minister Firhad Hakim said

Kolkata: With the deadline for cable TV digitisation ending Thursday, 27 December 2012, a West Bengal minister said that the state government would ignore it as the ground reality in the state for its completion was different, reports PTI.

 

“After today the analogue system will still continue.

 

We will not accept the deadline as the ground reality in the state is different,” urban development minister Firhad Hakim said.

 

He said that many consumers had installed set-top boxes (STBs) and many were yet to install them because of shortage in supply of equipment and high price.

 

Hakim said that he had earlier requested the Centre to give sufficient time to complete digitisation and make some arrangement so that poor people could purchase STBs.

 

He assured multi-system operators that the state government would take appropriate steps at the appropriate time against the Centre’s “whimsical attitude”.

 

“Since sudden black-out can invite law and order problems, the state government will not hesitate to take tough steps against the Centre’s stand if the deadline is not deferred till the state is ready for digitisation,” Hakim said.

 

On 17th December, a team of multi-system operators had been called to Delhi by the ministry of information and been cautioned to complete digitisation within 27th December or have their licence cancelled.

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