10 pc duty on newsprint: Indian Newspaper Society meets Goyal

A delegation of the Indian Newspaper Society on Thursday met Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal regarding the 10 per cent customs duty imposed on newsprint in the Budget, an official said.

  The delegation was led by the Society’s President JayantMammen Mathew, executive editor of MalayalaManorama Group.

Mahendra Mohan Gupta of DainikJagran and Mohit Jain of Bennett Coleman Ltd were also there in the meeting. Earlier, the Indian Newspaper Society has asked the government to roll back the customs duty saying the move would put unbearable burden on the industry. Rejecting the demand, Finance Minister NirmalaSitharaman has said 10 per cent customs duty on imported newsprint was a move to provide a level-playing field for domestic manufacturers.