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Home Ministry devises simplified format to get details for security clearance of MSOs

NEW DELHI: With various multi-system operators (MSOs) failing to get licences because of failure to get security clearance from the Home Ministry, that Ministry has devised a new format for streamlining the procedure.


This includes furnishing details in respect of applicant MSO companies and directors/key executives of their companies for providing the requisite security clearance.


Since the final grant of permission to MSO applicants by the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry for operation in digital addressable system (DAS) notified areas is based on the security clearance from the Home Ministry, all MSO applicants, including those who are yet to get the necessary permission, have been asked to furnish the requisite details according to the revised format prescribed by the Home Ministry.


The Ministry also said that as per the Home Ministry guidelines the approval/permission/license granted will also be liable to be cancelled in the event of withdrawal of security clearance.


To clarify all doubts in this connection, the applicant MSOs have been requested to participate/ attend the open house meetings being organised by the I&B Ministry every Tuesday morning.


The Home Ministry has devised a form to give details of the MSO whether it is Indian or foreign, its directors etc, and any shareholders having a stake of more than 10 per cent.


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