The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), an Indian television channel broadcasting organization, has urged the Government of Nepal not to implement the Clean Feed Policy for another six months. The IBF has written a letter urging not to apply clean feed in the current situation of COVID-19.
The IBF has sent a letter to the Secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Hari Prasad Basyal, urging him to postpone the implementation of the policy for six months in view of the current dire situation.
The letter said, “We understand that the Advertising (Regulation) Act of the Government of Nepal will come into force on October 26, (Kartik 10).” The world is now plagued by epidemics. There is a lockdown in some places in India as well as Nepal. In the midst of this lockdown, six months’ timeframe given by the ministry for the implementation of clean feed has passed. Therefore, we request to postpone the implementation of the policy for another six months.’
“At present, our members are not able to go out and work with vendors, conduct technical tests and implement them,” said Radhakrishnan, secretary of IBF, in a letter. In this situation, there is no way the dealers and local cable operators who are associated with us could install the decoder box required for the clean feed. ‘
But the ministry seems obscure in this regard. Ministry Secretary Basyal said he had not received any such letter. He said, “No letter has been received from the ministry in this regard. There is no need for any additional talk about anything without any information.”