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I&B Ministry for changes in PRB Act

The I&B Ministry has sent a note for consideration by the Cabinet seeking amendments in the the age-old law relating to print media.



New Delhi: The I&B Ministry has sent a note
for consideration by the Cabinet seeking amendments in the
the age-old law relating to print media after some newspapers
strongly opposed recent changes in it saying registered
publications will have to submit a huge volume of information.

A note for amending Section 31(a) of the 140-year-old
Press and Registration of Books Act has been sent to the
Cabinet, a senior official said.

Once the amendment is carried out, it will not be
necessary for newspapers and publications to submit to the
Press Registrar General the bulky details of income from
advertisements every year, he said.

The Act was amended in February making it mandatory for
newspapers to give annually the complete particulars relating
to advertisement, the money received and also the person who
had paid for the advertisement.

Following the amendment, a meeting was held in March
between representatives of the Indian Newspaper Society and
the government.

The newspapers contended that the new rule would "entail
the submission of a huge volume of information by registered
publications," the official said.

"While the newspapers would have to provide voluminous
documentation, the ministry would also have to find space to
store all this information," he said.

"Some stakeholders had also stated practical difficulties
so we have not made annual handing over of all these details
mandatory. But the details will have to be maintained and
should be made available on call," he added.

PTI

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