Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar yesterday held an interaction with representatives of various OTT platforms including Alt Balaji, Hotstar, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Jio, Zee5, Viacom18, Shemaroo and MxPlayer.
Addressing the representatives of the industry, the Minister stated that the Government has done several rounds of consultation with the OTT players in the past and stressed the need for self-regulation.
Mr Javadekar stated that he had received representations from cinema and TV industries that while there were regulations for them, none existed for the OTT industry and therefore it was decided that the Government would come out with a 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.
Informing the industry representatives about the provisions of the rules, the Minister said it merely requires them to disclose information and that there is no requirement of registration of any kind with the Ministry. The Minister added that a form for this will be ready soon. Furthermore, the rules focus on the self-classification of content instead of any form of censorship. Further, OTT platforms are expected to develop an effective grievance redressal mechanism.
Putting a rest to 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, Mr Javadekar informed that the Government will create Inter-Departmental Committee to look at complaints that remain unresolved at the self-regulatory level.
While concluding the Minister stated that the Ministry is open to any clarification or queries from the industry.