Rajya Sabha keeps CAS discussion pending

NEW DELHI: The Upper House of Indian Parliament (Rajya Sabha) has not been able to take up the issue of conditional access system today as of now. In all probability it will not be able to take up the issue tomorrow also.

According to government officials, the Cable TV (Networks) Regulation Amendment Bill 2002 (which aims at facilitating addressability in Indian cable homes through implementation of CAS) could not be taken up for discussion today though Monday happens to be the day allotted to information and broadcasting ministry in Rajya Sabha for issues related to its ministry.

"It looks as if CAS would not be discussed tomorrow also as I&B minister Sushma Swaraj is slated to go to Gujarat tomorrow for state election campaigning," a government official told early evening today.

The I&B minister also laid some papers on the table of the House, but they did not pertain to CAS.

The Opposition dominated Rajya Sabha has been saying that there should be a discussion on CAS before it is okayed by the House.

At the time of getting CAS listed on the agenda of Rajya Sabha last week, the government had also said that there would a three-hour discussion on the issue.

Most of last week, CAS could not be taken up for discussion because other issues like Gujarat dominated the proceedings of Rajya Sabha.

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