VELLORE: The Tamil Nadu Cable TV Operators Association has urged the state government to cancel the ground tax levied by local bodies for overhead cables.
The Association adopted a resolution to this effect at the state level conference of the operators held in Salem.
Overhead cables are used by the cable operators for telecasting signals received by the Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV corporation.
The general secretary of the association, G Damodharan said it was unfair of local bodies to levy a tax indiscriminately when the local bodies were not providing any infrastructure support for the overhead cables.
Cable TV operators are bogged down by spiraling costs of maintenance and reduced income. The tax only adds to the financial burden of the cable operators in the state, added Damodharan.
Taking into consideration these factors and the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, the state government should fix the monthly subscription from every household to `150 per month, Damodharan said.
He further said that the association has been also urging the state government to establish a welfare board for the benefit of the cable operators, as they continue to face uncertainties of future and technological developments in the field.
He has also requested the state government to extend the health insurance scheme to the cable operators as well.