TV set top chips plan: Cong dubs Modi govt as Surveillance Sarkar
New Delhi: The Congress on Monday lambasted the Modi government over its proposal to install a chip in set-top boxes of television sets, dubbing it as ‘Surveillance Sarkar’.
The proposal to install the chip to get accurate information about channels people watch and viewers pattern was moved Information and Broadcasting Ministry which is headed by Smriti Irani.
The ministry reportedly has told the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI), “It is also proposed to ask DTH operators to install a chip in the new set-top boxes which can give data about channels watched and their duration.”
Calling it the next stage of surveillance, Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala alleged that I&B Minister Smriti Irani wanted to now know what people watch within the four walls of their bedrooms.
“In a serious breach of privacy, Smriti Iraniji wants to know what show you watch on your TV, within the four walls of your bedroom, without your permission! Why?” tweeted Surjewala. “Ab ki baar Surveillance Sarkar’. The right to privacy broken into pieces,” Surjewala added.
The proposal reportedly was moved by the I&B ministry in order to ascertain viewers pattern and collect more authentic figures for every channel.
According to an I&B official, the move would help advertisers and the DAVP to spend advertising expenditure wisely as only those channels which are widely watched will get promoted.
(with agency inputs)
I&B Minister Smriti Irani