Cas extension not being put on hold: Govt

NEW DELHI: The government today denied reports that it had put a hold on the extension of Cas (conditional access system) to remaining areas of the metros of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

Denying that the scheme had failed in the three metros, Information and Broadcasting minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi said that the scheme had in fact succeeded in enrolling a total of 5,09,469 subscribers who had opted for the set-top box (STB) in the three metros within one year.

The minister told the Rajya Sabha that Cas had been introduced in notified areas of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata with effect from 31 December 2006.

The Cas scheme, which provides the consumer a choice to select and pay only for the TV channels he/she desires to watch, has been operational in the entire city of Chennai since 2003.

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