Sehrish Asgar directs timely, periodic settlement of advt bills of newspapers
SRINAGAR, SEP 24:
Director, Information & Public Relations, Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar today
asked for timely and regular settlement of bills raised on account of
advertisements issued to various newspapers by the Department.
Chairing a review
meeting of officers in this regard, the Director asked for submission of
fortnightly reports of advertisements, releases and liabilities by both the
Joint Directorates of Kashmir and Jammu to her. She said it is her earnest
desire to make the functioning of the Department as transparent as possible and
ensure that maximum facilitation is extended to the members of the media
fraternity by the Department. She impressed upon the officers of the Department
to make earnst efforts while asking them to re activate their field units in
The meeting was
informed that on the instructions of Director Information, Rs. Four Crore were
released to Joint Directorates of Kashmir and Jammu in the past week to clear
the liabilities of the newspapers accrued in the past few months. This is in
addition to Rs. Five crore each released to the two offices already.
It may be
recalled that several delegations of newspaper owners who had met the Director
Information had sought clearance of liabilities of advertisements besides
regular and periodic release of payments. Dr.Sherish had assured the
delegations to evolve a mechanism to ensure periodic release of payments
besides clearing the liabilities and proper regulatory mechanism in the distribution
of advertisements to newspapers.
Stressing on more
intense relations between media and the Department, Dr.Sehrish assured the
journalists that the Department is trying to facilitate the media fraternity in
every manner possible.
of the Department were present in the meeting.