PEMRA chief gives proposals to address cable operators’ concerns



Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Chairman Absar Alam on Thursday called on Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and discussed matters related to development of electronic media in the country.

The PEMRA chief informed the chief minister that the Authority was being developed on modern lines and efforts were being made to resolve the problems of all stockholders as early as possible.

Alam said that for promotion of the electronic media, the PEMRA had simplified the procedure of issuance of new licences.

Alam also briefed the chief minister on the plan of digitalisation of cable network by September this year and requested for supporting PEMRA’s efforts for relaxation of taxes. He said that cable operators were playing an important role in economic progress of the country.

The PEMRA chief said that cable network in 12 big cities of the country would be digitalised by September 30.He also gave proposals for addressing the reservations of cable operators regarding the Punjab Revenue Authority.

The Punjab chief minister promised to postpone imposition of services tax on cable network so that digitalisation process of the cable in Punjab should not be delayed. Sharif also promised that steps would be taken to resolve cable operators’ issues amicably and assured that plot for PEMRA office in Lahore would soon be handed over.