The Ministry said: “It has been decided that the functions of the Monitoring Committees may be enhanced to cover the monitoring of the content of private FM Channels and the Community Radio Stations as well to ensure adherence to the AIR Broadcast Code on suo moto and complaint basis.”
An office memorandum was issued to comply with the Supreme Court order dated 12 January 2017 directing the central government to finalise a statutory framework for radio programme on the lines of TV channels.
According to MIB’s orders issued in 2005 and 2008, the state governments have to constitute Monitoring Committees to monitor and to take action against the private satellite TV channels for violation of Programme and Advertisement Codes [Sections 5 & 6 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and Rules 6 & 7 of the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994.
State Level Committees / District Level Monitoring Committees have been set-up in 19 States and 5 Union Territories and in 327 districts. The MIB noted that some states are yet to constitute State and District Level Monitoring Committees. Further, it has also been noted that some of the constituted Committees are not functioning actively.