Subscribe local periodicals, urge media houses

Report by: 
EOI BUREAU
Port Blair
12 Jun 2017

While the UT administration time and again vows to address the concerns of the local media, a small step, if considered, will prove to be of immense benefit for the struggling media industry here. The suggestion, if implemented, will help government department keep a tab on the happenings across the territory besides bestowing some financial returns to the local media houses.
Various departments of the administration subscribe for several national newspapers by paying huge amount  to the supplier. Almost all departments  purchase outstation newspapers.  But barring a few departments, majority of the government agencies operating in different parts of these islands don’t subscribe local newspapers. About 40 odd local newspapers subscribed by the IP Division are supplied to some top offices and secretaries of the administrations. But majority of the government departments don’t subscribe to local periodicals as a result of which the heads of the department remain ignorant of various events in these islands.
“If government departments can subscribe for national newspapers at rates over Rs 750 per month, why can’t they subscribe local newspapers at just Rs 60  per month. Several national newspapers are supplied to almost all government departments in the administration. More than three copies of the newspaper are supplied to heads of various divisions of the department and the overall monthly subscription stands at over Rs 1500. But such department  don’t bother to subscribe local newspapers. In this modern age, national level events are easily available on TV news channels, but seldom do such news channels broadcast events pertaining to this remote territory. If the local newspapers are subscribed by the government department, the heads of the institutions will remain alert of the happenings in this territory. In return, the local media houses will be gifted with an opportunity to earn some revenue,” says publisher of a local newspaper.