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Mar 04, 2021

I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar holds meeting with representatives of OTT industry

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today held a meeting with representatives of Over the Top, OTT industry and explained to them the provisions of the new OTT rules. Addressing them in New Delhi, the Minister mentioned that the Government has done several rounds of consultation with the OTT players in the past and stressed the need for self-regulation. 

Informing them about the provisions of the rules, Mr. Javadekar said, it merely requires them to disclose information and that there is no requirement of registration of any kind with the Ministry. He added that a form for this will be ready soon. It was highlighted that  the rules focus on self classification of content instead of any form of censorship. 

The OTT platforms are expected to develop an effective grievance redressal mechanism. Dispelling rumours, the Minister clarified that in the self-regulating body, no member will be appointed by the Government. Speaking on the power of the government, under the rules, he informed that the Centre will create an Inter Departmental Committee to look at complaints which remain unresolved at the self-regulatory level.
During the meeting, the industry representatives welcomed the rules and thanked the Minister for addressing most of their concerns. Mr. Javadekar added that the government is open to any clarification or queries from the industry. He stated that the government had received representations from cinema and TV industries that while there are regulations for them, none existed for OTT industry. Thus, it was decided that the Government will come out with progressive institutional mechanism for OTT players and develop a level playing field with the idea of self-regulation. The Minister appreciated that many OTT platforms had welcomed the rules. Representatives of various OTT platforms including Alt Balaji, Hotstar, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Jio, Zee5, Viacom18, Shemaroo and MxPlayer attended the meeting.

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