Admitting that there has been a delay in releasing the amount of pending bills to various newspapers in J&K, the government Thursday said that it has sent the first lot of pending bills worth Rs 4 crore to the treasury for immediate disbursement of the money while rest of the bills would be cleared in a few days.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Director Information Zubair Ahmed said that there has been some delay in sending the bills to the treasury for disbursement of money to the various newspapers including local and national dailies. "We have sent the first list of pending bills to the treasury worth Rs 4 crore and I believe the amount would be released soon. The rest of the remaining pending bills would also be cleared before Eid-ul-Fitr," he said.
The government, especially the Information department has been evoking strong criticism from the media fraternity for delaying the clearance of pending bills with regard to various advertisements published in local and national dailies. "The government is non-serious about local press of Kashmir. There is a huge liability of almost RS 10 crore. Many editors of local dallies are on the verge of starvation and government is not in a mood to resolve the crisis," said Ghulam Nabi Shaida, Editor Daily Wadi Ki Awaaz.
He said thousands of people including youth are directly and indirectly associated with the Kashmir's media industry and yet government is totally unmoved over the delay in releasing the due amount to the newspapers. "I can tell you with authority that some editors of local newspapers are planning to wind out their ventures due to the non-seriousness of the government towards clearing advertisement bills," Shaida said.