SrinagarA reply under Right to Information Act sought by a newspaper owner has revealed that Department of Information and Public Relations doesnt not differentiate between a colour and a black and white newspaper when it comes to the distribution of advertisements.
The Department of Information and Public Relations Jammu and Kashmir has mentioned that the government has paid Rs 31 crores to newspapers during 2016-2017, while the Kashmir based newspapers received Rs 17 crores in 2016-2017 including liabilities from 2013 and near about 1/3 has been paid from the same budget and from the same date to national newspapers. The same practice has been adopted in this financial year (2017-2018).
The information supplied by Department of Information and Public Relations reveals that the Department has not made any distinction between a colour and a black and white newspaper and has distributed advertisements to them on equal basis.
In one such case a weekly newspaper has received 430-510 cm advertisement for 4 issues while a daily colour newspaper received 700-1060cm in 25 issues.
In another bizarre instance, a newspaper that had stopped publication 3 months has received 50 cms of advertisements till October 5 and 440cms in September while a daily colour newspaper had not received a single advertisement till October 14 this year.
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