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New Delhi : Minister for Information & Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu on December 22 said that the vision of the government under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi is to position the nation on a sustainable growth trajectory. The government is committed to bring about transformational changes in the country with the mantra of ‘Reform, Perform & Transform’, he said. The vision has been depicted in the Government of India Calendar 2017 with the theme “Mera Desh Badal Raha Hai, Aage Badh Raha Hai”, Naidu said while delivering his address at the release of the Government of India Calendar 2017.

Naidu also released the Press in India Report 2015-16 prepared by Registrar of Newspapers of India. Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore was also present on the occasion.Naidu also announced that starting from December 25 this year, the government would be launching a 100 days campaign across the country on the theme of Good Governance. Ministers, Members of the Parliament would be travelling across the country to highlight key initiatives of the government that has been taken in the last two and a half years. Good Governance Day is observed on the birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, according to a PIB release.

Naidu stated that the phenomenal growth of the print media sector has mandated changes in the print media policy/guidelines in the past years. The need to update policies keeping in mind the changing dynamics in the print media sector has resulted in evolving a robust mechanism for RNI to maintain an updated list of publications in the country. This mechanism also facilitated weeding out illegal publications. On the New Print Advertisement Policy framework, he said that it provided for circulation verification procedure for empanelment of Newspapers and Journals with DAVP. The procedure involved certification by RNI if circulation exceeds 45,000 copies per publishing day, the PIB release said.

Naidu also gave a broad analysis of the general trend of the Indian Print Media based on the Annual Report by RNI. He said that the Indian print industry continued its growth story at a steady rate of 5.13% over the previous year. A total of 5,423 new publications had been registered during the year 2015-16 with the total number of Registered publications as on March 31, 2016 standing at 1, 10,851. Giving the circulationwise details, Naidu said that Hindi publications continued to lead with 31,44,55,106 copies per publishing day followed by English with 6,54,13,443 copies and Urdu with 5,17,75,006 copies per publishing day.

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