Govt to try to address newspaper industry's demands

2 Feb 2017

The Union government today said it will try to address the demands of the newspaper industry for increase in advertisement rates, reduction in duty on newsprint as well as giving more weightage to regional newspapers in terms of advertisements.

Union information and broadcasting minister M Venakaiah Naidu, while responding to questions in the Rajya Sabha, also said that some of the newspapers are only printed on paper and he has asked Audit Bureau of Circulation as well as Registrar of Newspapers and even PIB to find out the real print order. Naidu also insisted that demonetisation has not led to closure of any newspaper as believed by some. "This morning only a delegation of Newspaper Society came and met me. They made a presentation. We had a meaningful discussion. I have assured them that I will try to address the issues," he said. Some of the issues raised by the delegation were raising the DAVP rates of advertisement and allowing public sector units to go by card rating instead DAVP rating, he said.

"Third one is the duty on newsprint etc. They have some problems and these problems have come to our notice. I have already asked my secretary to study them even before this delegation came," the Minister said. He added that the issue of small newspapers not getting adequate advertisement is being talked about more than the past because the government started scrutinising whether these newspapers are getting published regularly or not.

"That's one of the reasons that has led to people make such complaint. Other than that, the government is committed to the policy that has been agreed upon, percentage has been fixed for all the three (big, medium and samll) and regional newspapers are also getting their due," the minister said.