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INS asks members to be wary of taking ads from WB govt

MUMBAI: In a first-of-its-kind move, the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) has asked its members to ‘exercise extreme caution’ in accepting advertisements from the Government of West Bengal.

This is in consequence of non-payment of dues by the consecutive state governments. INS’ executive committee met in Kolkata on Monday and expressed concern and anguish over the issue.

In a statement, INS secretary general V Shankaran said, “The Indian Newspaper Society has advised its members to exercise extreme caution in accepting advertisements from the Government of West Bengal.”

“This has caused severe financial distress to these newspapers as the media industry passes through a very difficult period.  The society urged the Chief Minister to clear dues of its members without further delay,” INS said in the statement.

Meanwhile, the society also expressed dismay at the reported stand of the state government to not clear dues of its previous dispensation and said this was a negation of Constitutional principle.