Paresh Nath of Delhi Press has been re-elected as President of the Indian Languages Newspapers Association (ILNA) at its 69th annual meeting held in Delhi on September 23, 2010. More than 130 ILNA members attended the annual meeting, where election of the other office bearers also took place. The Association also released a plan of action to zero in on the concerns of the language newspaper and magazine industry.
The newly constituted Executive Committee also elected Govindlal Vora (Amrit Sandesh) and Arvind Chopra (Punjab Kesri) as Vice Presidents; Ravi Kumar Bishnoi (Kesar Khushboo Times), Prakash Pohare (Deshonnati) and Vivek Gupta (Sanmarg) as General Secretaries; and Chandrakant Bhave (Dauk) as Treasurer.
The Executive body also unanimously appointed Gaurav Dhama, a Supreme Court lawyer, as legal adviser (Honorary) for ILNA, whom the members can approach for any court matter related to publishing.
Speaking on his agenda as the President, Paresh Nath said, “I want to fight for the rights of the publishers through the forum of ILNA. While the newspapers have to struggle with many issues like advertisements, Wage Board and newsprint costs, amendment in the Press Registration Law is also posing a new threat.”
Speaking on Government advertisements, newly elected General Secretary of INLA, Ravi Kumar Bishnoi, said that for the first time DAVP had started placing ads in regional newspapers on the occasion of national festivals. This was made possible only because of the steps taken by ILNA, he added.
At the meeting Chandrakant Bhave, Treasurer of the Association, pointed out that in the 69 years of its existence, ILNA had seen the highest generation of income from subscriptions last year.
Meanwhile, three Indian language newspapers being published from New Jersey have also taken ILNA membership. These new members are ‘Gujarat Times’, ‘Gujarat Darpan’ and ‘Tirranga’.
The Executive Committee in its annual meeting approved the following proposals to work upon:
• To ask DAVP to give additional special rates to Indian language publications as they need more help
• Each State will have a State Committee under a State Convener and each large city will have a city committee. These will protect the interests of publications at state and local levels and organise meetings, seminars, monitor advertising agencies for outstanding and strengthen distribution system
• An office will be opened in Delhi to facilitate publishers from distant places
• Government advertising is distributed arbitrarily and a campaign to correct it will be launched
• Multilingual bulletin of ILNA to be re-started soon
• Memberships drive to be started to attract more members
• To bring publications of Indian languages which are being published abroad on a single platform and to have a conference in this winter season to discuss various industry issues
• To start endorsement of the regular and established advertising agencies so that they can give more advertisements and are recognised by state and district authorities
• To get representation for ILNA in central, state and district committees related to media and allied subjects.