Shri Narendra Modi
Hon’ble Prime Minister,
New Delhi – 110 101
Shri Narendra Modi Ji
Sub: Urgent Relief Measures to the Newspaper Industry-Reg.
I, the Member of Parliament from Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam -MDMK would like to bring to your kind notice about the challenges faced by the Newspaper Industry in these unprecedented times. We are all sure of the fact that newspapers are the fourth pillar of our great democratic Country. The current situation has pushed them into question of survival and existence.
We can see it more clearly that many newspapers have already cut down pages, closing editions to keep them going as they have an ethical commitment to the society.
We have also been given to understand that this industry gives more than 30 lakhs people jobs and these people are the ones who enlighten our society at large.
The disastrous effects of COVID-19 have brought down the advertising revenues (which is most essential for the running of the newspaper) to almost nil and this is expected to continue for a longer period of time until the new normal is established and set rolling. Logistical issues have also reduced the circulation, medium or large.
The newspaper body has already proposed the following relief requests and we wish to present them to you again in their support.
- Waiver of customs duty on newsprint
- Clearance of the Outstanding BOC dues
- Increase rates by 100% for BOC advertisement
- Increase use of print medium for Govt. announcements
- Complete tax holiday for the next 2 fiscal periods
We are very certain that, you shall take every necessary step in the due course to provide relief.