ANMF objects to advt. rate revision proposal, meets CS

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ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
7 Dec 2017

Without even taking into confidence or asking for a few valid suggestions from the vibrant and large local media of the Islands, the Information and Publicity Division of the A&N Administration has proposed a revision of Advertisement Rates for the media here. The local print and electronic media feels it has been shortchanged with arbitrary use of power by the Administration.
Mr. K Ganeshan led a delegation of A&N Media Federation (ANMF) to the Chief Secretary and submitted their objection on the issue. The Andaman & Nicobar Media Federation is the largest body of all local working journalists with more than 50 members involving all media associations and press clubs functioning in the islands, newspaper owners, editors and publishers of local newspapers and electronic media as members in it, he told the Chief Secretary.
The Federation felt that the A&N Administration revises this Committee inviting representatives from the Federation. The delegation also expressed disappointment that the IP Division has decided to allot tender-advertisements online which again was done with consulting anyone from the media fraternity here causing great pain and inconvenience. The federation brought to the notice of the Chief Secretary the many unjustified and arbitrary decisions by the IP Division, treating the local media like second class citizens. They demanded immediate rollover of the advertising rate and online tender proposal immediately.
Meanwhile, the federation has also written to the Lt. Governor apprising him about the disturbing attitude by the IP Division and its step motherly treatment towards the local media and requested for immediate action to resolve the matter.