Ludhiana: The Punjab Cable TV Operators Association has condemned the violent protest by Independent MLAs Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjit Singh Bains and their supporters outside the head office of Fastway network in Ludhiana on Monday.
Sunny Gill, president of the association said that during the protest Bains brothers violated law and order situation, pelted stones on the commuters, attacked staff of Fastway cable TV network, cops and journalists. Gill further said that the allegations of Bains about blackout of Zee Punjab, Haryana and Himachal from Fastway cable network were totally baseless. Gill added that for their political interests and to remain in the media limelight, Bains brothers had hatched a conspiracy and gheraoed and protested against Fastway office and even indulged in stone pelting.
He also cautioned the politicians and political parties for not to gain cheap publicity by leveling baseless allegations against private companies. He said Zee Punjab Himachal Haryana channel is very much available on Fast Way network. Zee Punjab Himachal Haryana can be watched on Platinum Package and HD pack on network of Fastway and there is no blackout. Subscribers subscribing to other packages can subscribe to Zee Punjab HH at the rates declared by Zee, said official of Fatsway network. In the past also, the allegations leveled by Bains brothers against Fastway have been proved baseless.
Fastway network is a completely law abiding company and all the concerned departments have given it clean chit, said Gill. Fastway CEO Peeush Mahajan clarified that according to the TRAI regulations, there was an agreement between Fast Way and Zee Group till March 31, 2016 and Fast Way was bound to show all Zee channels in all bouquets till March 31, 2016 only. Now, Zee Punjabi Haryana Himachal channel can be watched only in Platinum and HD packs. Subscribers subscribing to other packs can watch this channel by separately subscribing to this channel at the new fee fixed by the Zee Group.
Even then, if the Zee Group sees any illegality in this episode, they can complain the matter to the TRAI. The Fastway CEO also said that Zee has hiked the fee of its channels up to Rs 173 and thus, the Fast Way network has put these channels in the paid channels’ category and the subscribers can watch these channels by subscribing them at new rates fixed by Zee Group.
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