The Nepalese government will take action against yoga guru Ramdev’s two television channels if they are found to be operating in the country without requesting permission or following due procedures, a senior official said on Sunday. The Prime Minister of Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba, and the Chairman of the Maoist Center of the Communist Party of Nepal, Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, jointly launched the two television channels, Aastha Nepal TV and Patanjali Nepal TV, in the presence of Ramdev and his assistant. nearby Acharya Balkrishna on Friday.
The channels are intended to broadcast religious and yoga-related programs. However, the director general of the Nepal Department of Information and Broadcasting, Gogan Bahadur Hamal, said that two television channels never applied for registration and did not follow any legal procedure to initiate them.
“We will act if we discover that the Patanjali Nepal and Ashtha Nepal channels belonging to the Indian yoga guru Ramdev and Acharya Balakrishna have built infrastructures to broadcast the television programs without complying with any legal formalities and even without registering,” Hamal told PTI. “We cannot believe the statement issued by Patanjali Nepal. We have formed an investigative committee to find out the truth. If they have made any preparations regarding the operation of the Nepalese television channels without our permission and without following due procedures, they will do so. we will take the necessary measures, “Hamal said.
However, Patanjali Yogpeeth Nepal said in a statement that it has already undergone a verification process for the television channels of the Business Registry Office and that the process has started to obtain more permits from the bodies involved to operate the television channels. . In reality we have not broadcast the television channels, we have only carried out a technical preparation for them. We have only inaugurated the television broadcast office building, he said.
He said that television channels, intended to broadcast programs related to yoga, Ayurvedic education, culture, literature and spiritual philosophy, will start operating only after due processes. Commenting on the development, Patanjali spokesperson SK Tijarawala said that Aastha TV has the proper license to downlink in Nepal, which is valid until 2024.
“Prime Minister Debuba inaugurated the trial of two channels, Aastha Nepal TV and Patanjali Nepal TV, with country-specific content in Nepali on November 19, 2021. You have 30 days to obtain commercial approval of this trial for full broadcast on television. He said that the full broadcast will begin according to due procedure after December 19.
“The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of Nepal has already recognized the fact that this inauguration of the two channels, Aastha Nepal TV and Patanjali Nepal TV, is carried out with due diligence following the rules and regulations,” he added. Meanwhile, the Federation of Nepalese Journalists, a coordinating organization for local journalists, issued a statement, saying that the country’s law prevents foreign investment in the media and that the launch of television channels by the Patanjali group is a violation of the law. “We want to remind the concerned group about the existing laws and rules that prevent the operation of television channels under foreign investment,” he said.