ILNA (Indian Languages Newspapers Association)
LETTER WRITTEN BY ILNA REGARDING ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE OF DELHI GOVERNMENT
RESOLUTIONS APPROVED IN 71ST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF AT RISHIKESH
1. RESOLUTION 1
Indian Languages Newspapers' Association resolved in its AGM on 6th October 12 at Rishikesh that Central, State, District or Local units of government should not encourage English in any direct or indirect way by giving monetary help. In the field of education the educational institutions giving education in English medium should not be given land at cheaper rate and concession in taxation should not be given. Education in English medium should be treated as commercial activity. It is further resolved that whatever be the link language, at State, District and Local level official and judicial language should only be that of the state.
2. RESOLUTION 2
Indian Languages Newspapers' Association resolves in the 71st AGM at Rishikesh that the government immediately withdraws the proposed PRESS AND REGISTRATION OF NEWSPAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS BILL 2011 as the Bill does not enlarge the freedom of press and expression of thought in anyway. It also does not clarify any legal lacuna. Indian Languages Newspapers' Association also demands that the only change that is required in Press and Registration of Books Act 1867 is that ‘declaration’ should not be filed before the District Magistrate and it should suffice to file the same before the Registrar of Newspapers or his representative in States.
3. RESOLUTION 3
Indian Languages Newspapers' Association demands from Ministry of Railways and Transport Departments of Sate Governments that the newspaper stalls at Railway stations and bus stands should be forced to sell language newspapers. The commission of such stallholders should not be more than 33% and credit period should not exceed 60 days.
Indian Languages Newspapers' Association also resolves that concession granted to accredited correspondents by Railways in Press Quota should be extended publishers also and the certificate of RNI in this regard should be sufficient to grant the concession.
4. RESOLUTION 5
Indian Languages Newspapers' Association resolves that DAVP, Central Government, Central Establishments, PSUs, Central Ministries, State Governments, State Undertakings, Zila Parishads, Local bodies etc immediately put a stop to practice of giving preference to English newspapers when advertising for public notices, tenders and other notices. All these public bodies have first duty to address the general public and the same can be done only if the information is given in local language as English is the language of only a few. We demand that the advertising of this sort be given to all newspapers irrespective of size, circulation and periodicity so that all newspapers get more or less same space worth of advertising in a year.
Indian Languages Newspapers' Association is opposed to categorization of newspapers under any pretext.
5. RESOLUTION 5
Indian Languages Newspapers' Association resolves that the land for the publishers be allocated in all major towns at special rates for putting up offices, printing press and also residential use.
Indian Languages Newspapers' Association further demands that Press Clubs be constructed for publishers in all towns so that the publishers can meet and deliberate and also maintain library and reference desks.
6. RESOLUTION 6
Indian Languages Newspapers' Association resolves that the Advertising Policies of State Governments should be based on the fundamental rights of equality, fair play, opportunity to be heard, freedom of expression, freedom to do business and not on the whims of the state government.