Scatmag.com

June 2017

PROBE AGAINST TATASKY TRANSPONDERS


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In a strongly worded statement, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has called for a probe into alleged wrong-doings by the Department of Space (DoS) in allocating Ku Band transponders out-of-turn to TataSky.

The case was earlier flagged by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in 2014 and later by PAC in 2016.


THE BEGINNING

In 2005, Tata Sky signed a contract with ISRO for Ku band transponders on the INSAT-4A satellite. TataSky commenced operations in 2006.

The PAC states that transponders were allocated to TataSky completely out of turn.






PAC REPORT

In its report ‘Management of Satellite Capacity for DTH Services by Department of Space’, the PAC has directed DoS to thoroughly investigate through an external agency the out-of-turn allocation of Ku Band transponders to Tata Sky and appraise it of the outcome.


TATASKY OVER DD!

The PAC expressed shock that though Tata Sky was fifth in order of preference of satellite capacity allocation, it was granted precedence on INSAT-4A to even Doordarshan's FTA DTH platform, which was forced to commence operations on a foreign satellite!

The PAC has called for an investigation & detailed enquiry in the matter to bring out the truth and to take punitive action against those found responsible.

It also expressed unhappiness with the DoS for non-furnishing of information relating to the conduct of an enquiry within 3 months of its Fortieth Report.


PAC RECOMMENDATIONS

The Public Accounts Committee has recommended that the Government of India should streamline all the necessary procedures relating to satellite capacity allocation, especially the clearances and approvals from the concerned Ministries in a time bound manner.

Also, exemplary disciplinary action be taken against the then officials who did not give approvals within stipulated periods. n