On Tuesday, the Election Commission is learned to have directed the Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer to ensure that the contents of NaMo TV are pre-certified by the local monitoring committee of media certification.
Such committees are formed at state and district level during the elections. They also clear political advertisements and campaign.
Last week, the EC had issued a notice seeking a report from the I&B Ministry over NaMo TV, launched a few weeks before the forthcoming General Election, after the opposition parties, including the Congress has asked the Election Body to order the Ministry to suspend the channel in violation of Model Code of Conduct.
The EC further asked the Delhi CEO to inform whether the political contents were at any time cleared by the certification committee or not.
In its reply, the I&B Ministry is learned to have responded that the NaMo TV is an advertisement platform, introduced by DTH service providers that don’t need government nod.
The I&B Ministry is further learned to have said that the NaMo TV is not a regular channel and it doesn’t figure in the approved channel’s official list of the Ministry. TV
According to the existing norms, no approval is necessary for the I&B Ministry to operate such advertising platforms, told the I&B Ministry to the election panel.