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India publishes over 74,ooo newspapers
Though it ranks among the most backward states in terms of literacy, Uttar Pradesh has the maximum number of titles for registered newspapers—11,789 – out of the 74,409 newspapers registered with the Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI) as on 15 July.

Delhi comes next with 10,066 registered newspapers, followed by Maharashtra with 9,127 registered newspapers.

There is a provision of a minimum 15 per cent and a minimum 35 per cent for release of government advertisements to small and medium newspapers respectively through the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP).

Furthermore, the government announced a fiscal stimulus package for print media on 27 February this year, increasing the rates by ten per cent. This has been extended till the end of this calendar year.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting C M Jatua told Parliament that norms had been relaxed for empanelment of newspapers published in North-Eastern States and border areas.

According to Clause 8 of the Advertisement Policy, newspapers in languages like Bodo, Garhwali, Dogri, Kashmiri, Khasi, Konkani, Maithili, Manipuri, Mizo, Nepali, Rajasthani, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Urdu and tribal languages/dialects as certified by State Government or newspapers published in Jammu and Kashmir, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and North Eastern States can be considered for empanelment after 6 months of regular and uninterrupted publication.

But in the case of all regional and other languages in small and medium newspapers, the qualifying period is 18 months.

Clause 13 of the Policy says a newspaper/journal should have a minimum paid circulation of not less than 2000 copies for being considered eligible for empanelment, whereas newspapers/journals in Bodo, Dogri, Garhwali, Kashmiri, Khasi, Konkani, Maithili, Manipuri, Mizo, Nepali, Rajasthani, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Urdu and Tribal languages as certified by State Governments published all over the country and newspapers/journals published in backward, border, hilly areas or remote areas or tribal languages or those published in J&K, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and North-Eastern States need to have substantiated minimum paid circulation of only 500 copies per publishing day.

A total of 96 newspapers from North East are empanelled for release of Government advertisements through the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity.

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