The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) has made a presentation to Minister of Communication and IT, Dayanidhi Maran, regarding the concerns of the association with respect to the problems faced by publishers involving posting of registered newspapers under concessional postage rates.
Recently, the Department of Posts constituted a committee comprising four INS representatives to look into the matter. While welcoming the constitution of the committee, INS has asked for agreement on various broader issues.
The Department of Posts does not allow concessional postage for CDs accompanying newspapers, whereas CDs are an integral part of the content. In such cases, for a 300 gm publication, the rate goes up from 0.90 paise to Rs 19. INS has asked that CDs be treated as supplements to the magazine and hence, concessional postage should be allowed.
INS has also complained that the Department of Posts spoils the back page advertisement, which is an important revenue generator for newspapers and has asked that only the necessary items as provided by the Act be printed. INS has further asked to exempt genuine publishers from such restrictions.
In case of delays in publication, publishers are not given concessional rates. INS has proposed that the publishers can give the regular date of posting as well as an extended date of posting and when extensions are given, the concessional rates should continue to apply.
INS has assured the Department of Posts that it would like to work with it to ensure that there is revenue enhancement by ensuring that unauthorised publications do not get the benefit of concessional postage.
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