Govt. ads for ‘ghost’ papers: Union Minister promises action

Rathore said that newspapers which existed only on 'paper' but managed to get a chunk of government advertisements.

Updated - November 16, 2021 05:04 pm IST

Published - May 29, 2015 01:28 am IST - HYDERABAD:

Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore told journalists here on Thursday that newspapers which existed only on ‘paper’ but managed to get a chunk of government advertisements would be dis-empanelled.

Mr. Rathore, in the city to highlight the one-year rule of the government, was responding to a question on a report in The Hindu on the largesse for non-existent newspapers from the Directorate of Audio Visual Publicity (DAVP). On Thursday, the paper exposed in a front page report how DAVP advertisements were being garnered by non-existent publications.

“There could be issues that not many newspapers publish enough copies. If such instances are brought to our notice, we will dis-empanel the newspapers immediately,” he said.

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