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New Delhi: Minister for Information & Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu on November 11 chaired the meeting of Consultative Committee of I&B Ministry to discuss the subject “Working of the Registrar of Newspapers for India”.In his opening remarks, Naidu apprised the members of the committee about the steps being taken by the ministry to streamline the functioning of the Registrar of Newspapers of India (RNI). He said that RNI has been constantly re-engineering itself to make procedures and process simpler. The focus of the ministry is to make the processes online thereby promoting transparency and accountability.
Naidu further mentioned that in view of the phenomenal growth of the print media sector particularly after the opening up of economy in 1990s, the print media policy/guidelines had undergone some changes. There was a need to update contemporaries and revise the legal mechanism in the print sector and to give statutory backing to Print Media Policy and various guidelines. In this context, Naidu apprised the members of the salient features of the proposed Press and Registration of Books and Publication (PRBP) Bill, according to a PIB release.
Members of the committee gave suggestions regarding steps to be taken for modernization of RNI, simplification of various processes use of technology. Naidu appreciated the suggestions received from the members and assured them that the suggestions would be duly considered.