The government has brought OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ Hotstar besides other online news and current affairs content under the ambit of the Ministry of data and Broadcasting, giving it powers to manage policies and rules for the digital space. So far, there was no law or autonomous body governing digital content in India.
Consistent with a notification issued by the cupboard Secretariat on Tuesday night and signed by President Ram Nath Kovind, the choice has been taken in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (3) of Article 77 of the Constitution, by amending the govt of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 and it'll inherit effect immediately.
"These rules could also be called the govt of India (Allocation of Business) 300 and Fifty-Seventh Amendment Rules, 2020. They shall inherit force directly . "In the govt of India (Allocation of Business, 1961, within the SECOND SCHEDULE, under the heading 'MINISTRY of data AND BROADCASTING (SOOCHANA AUR PRASARAN MANTRALAYA)' after entry 22, the subsequent sub-heading and entries shall be inserted, namely:- VA. DIGITAL/ONLINE MEDIA. 22A. Films and Audio-Visual programs made available by online content providers. 22B. News and current affairs content on online platforms," it said.
With this, the knowledge and Broadcasting Ministry has the facility to manage policies associated with news, audio, visual contents and films available on online platforms. the choice came in but a month after the Supreme Court sought the Centre's response on a PIL for regulating the Over the highest (OTT) platforms by an autonomous body. Now, the OTT platforms, which were hitherto unregulated, are expected to return under rules and regulations.