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INS asks state govt to clear dues

Calcutta, July 28: The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) has advised its members to exercise extreme caution in accepting advertisements from the Bengal government.

At a meeting today in Calcutta, the society’s executive committee expressed deep concern and anguish at the non-payment of advertisement bills submitted by select publications for several years.

This has caused severe financial distress to these newspapers as the media industry is passing through a very difficult period, said a statement issued by V. Shankaran, the secretary-general of the society.

The society urged the chief minister to clear the dues owed to its members without further delay.

The society also expressed dismay at the reported stand of the government to not clear the dues of its predecessor dispensation and said this was a negation of constitutional principles.