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Vet politician Jaipal Reddy has replaced Ravi Shankar Prasad as India’s Information and Broadcasting Minister following last week’s national elections.

Reddy plans to do away with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) — the broadcasting and telecom watchdog — and replace it with “an independent full-time regulatory authority along the lines of the Federal Communications Commission in the U.S.”

He also said he was unhappy with the way in which the previous government had tried to implement the Conditional Access System (CAS) for pay TV — and then backed out at the 11th hour.

CAS, which was supposed to save viewers money by allowing them to choose channels individually rather than packaged as bouquets, was opposed by the industry, amid spiraling prices.

“We have not decided whether to go ahead with it or nix it entirely,” he said.

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