Members of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) staged a demonstration here on 21 November, demanding the streamlining of the functioning of Arasu Cable Television Corporation Limited, established for the purpose of providing cable signals to the public at an affordable cost.
CITU District Secretary M.Sivaji, said, the government had established the Corporation with an objective to provide cable signals to the public at affordable cost through Multi System Operators (MSOs) and Cable operators but the purpose has been defeated with MSOs in the district acting as private operators.
He alleged that the five MSOs appointed for the district were acting against the interest of the government by presenting deflated number of cable connections in the district.
Despite being paid maintenance charges by the government, the MSOs collected Rs. 5 to Rs. 15 per connection from cable operators, he alleged.
The Government has provided generator facilities to the MSOs to ensure uninterrupted cable signals during power breakdown, but they seldom used the generators during power failure, he said and wanted the government to take over the operations.
The protest was also to urge the government to withdraw the practice of collecting one per cent interest per day for delayed payments by the cable operators, he said.