Suggestions invited on amendments to Press & Registration of Books Act

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, February 21, 2010

The Government of India today invited suggestions and comments from all stakeholders on the proposed amendments to the Press and Registration of Books (PRB) Act, 1867.

An official press release said the draft amendments had been put of the websites of the Registrar of Newspers for India (RNI)  and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

It said the RNI had also written to various newspaper associations separately, inviting suggestions on the proposed amendments.

The PRB Act, enacted in the year 1867, has undergone little change, through amendments, in the last 142 years. On the other hand, the print media has grown exponentially over the years. The Government has also allowed news syndication, foreign direct investment (FDI) and facsimile editions of foreign newspapers.

In view of such developments, the Government felt it was necessary to bring the Act in tune with the changing times, as the Act in its present form was inadequate to address the requirements of the print media, the release said.

The last date for sending in suggestions is March 3, it added.