the letter which was addressed to I&B minister Ambika
Soni, a copy of which is with Indiantelevision.com, Chandra
said digitisation should be completed by 30 June in areas
which are presently under conditional access system - South
Delhi, South Mumbai, South Kolkata and whole of Chennai -
which will show the government's intent in implementing its
extension, he said, should be announced only in the last week
of June "after detailed deliberations with all the stakeholders
so that pace of deployment of STBs is not affected because
of any negative sentiments" arising out of any deferment.
I appreciate the concerns regarding the availability of STBs,
the blanket extension of 5-6 months would adversely affect
the STBs off-take and would create a mis-impression in the
minds of the stakeholders that Government is not serious in
implementing the digitalisation initiative," Chandra
said in the letter.