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MHA examining proposal to give fresh security clearance to Kalaignar TV

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A fresh security clearance proposal for DMK-backed TV is being examined by the following a recommendation of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, officials said Monday.

This is for the first time that TV will be evaluated under the revised National Security policy, adopted by the in 2015.

Based on the inputs being received from various security agencies, a decision will be taken on granting security clearance for 10 years to the TV, a said.

Permission for uplinking or downlinking of TV channels is granted by the central government only after providing security clearance to the company, its promoters, directors and key executives.

The security clearance procedure will take into account their involvement, if any, in any case that might have adverse implications on national security, another said.

The decision whether to grant the security clearance is taken by the Home Ministry and it is shared with the concerned administrative ministries to enable them to take appropriate decision, as deemed fit, in accordance with their rules, policy, procedure, guidelines, the said.

Set up in 2007, is a Tamil channel, backed by the DMK. Late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi was nicknamed as Kalaignar for his work in Tamil literature.

When contacted, a DMK leader, requesting anonymity, said in Chennai they have no knowledge about it as no formal communication was received from the government.

"In case of any communication from the Home Ministry, Kaignar TV would respond to the media queries," he said.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 20:35 IST