All India Radio is a national service planned, developed and operated by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting under the Government of India.   Sound broadcasting started in India in 1927 with the proliferation of private radio clubs. The operations of All India Radio began formally in 1936, as a government organisation, with clear objectives to inform, educate and entertain the masses.  

When India attained Independence in 1947, AIR had a network of six stations and a complement of 18 transmitters. The coverage was 2.5% of the area and just 11% of the population. Rapid expansion of the network took place post Independence AIR today has a network of 215 broadcasting centres with 144 medium frequency (MW), 54 high frequency (SW) and 139 FM transmitters. The coverage is 91.42% of the area, serving 99.13% of the population. AIR covers 24 Languages and 146 dialects in home services. In External services, it covers 27 languages, 17 national and 10 foreign languages. 

All India Radio, Bangalore


Inheriting the legacy of Mysore. All India Radio, Bangalore started functioning from 2nd November 1955. All India Radio, Bangalore, first started transmitting on 50 KW transmitter. The inter-active Radio serials, the Phone in-Programme, the quiz programmes and the public Grievance Programme Viz. Spandana, are several programmes that has put the station in good stead. Besides broadcasting quality serials and programmes, the singular largest achievement of the station is its endeavor to bring the spoken word in print. So far, as many as 26 books have been published based on the programmes broadcast in fields like Agriculture, Environment, Literature, Career Guidance, Women entrepreneurship etc.  Nisarga Sampada, Sasya Sanjivini, Sasya Surbhi and Palakh Darshini, serials on Environment, Medicinal plants and planned -parenthood respectively have been put on cassettes for wider reach and diffusion.

The FM Rainbow at 101.3 MHz was commissioned on 1st September, 2001.The Marketing Division stated on 27th June 2002 and External Service was commissioned on 1st July 2002. The Music Channel ‘Amrutha Varshini’(FM 100 4) was inaugurated on 26th Januay,2004.

S S Hiremath

Station Director, AIR

Raj Bhavan Road,Bangalore

Tel: 22259292(O)





Nagendra Swamy, IIS

News Editor,AIR


Tel: 22258293(O)


Advertising over ‘air’ began with broadcasting in
India. The Indian Broadcasting Company, which started operation in July 1927 used both spot and sponsored advertisements to finance a part of its expenditure. The activity was discontinued after 1934.There was a re-thinking for some years and ultimately the Government of India decided to introduce advertising on Vividh Bharathi Service of All India Radio. This service was started on 3rd October 1957. Vividh Bharati was made the carrier service and the existing transmitters carrying Vividh Bharathi programme were converted into Commercial Broadcasting Centres in a phased manner. In the process Bangalore was put on the map of Commercial Broadcasting on 18th October1970.

In the changed scenario, Commercial Broadcasting Service, Bangalore has become the market driven arm of Prasar Bharati in the state of Karnataka, Coupled with its sister unit at Dharwad and  8 primary Channels advertising through main stations as well as through 5 LRS(Local Radio Stations), the CBS represents a unified and focused marketing efforts of Prasar Bharati. On the 9th of December 2000 CBS Bangalore switched over to FM mode of broadcasting from the AM system.

B V Padma

Asst. Station Director, CBS,AIR


Tel: 22268697


M: 9845124091



Doordarshan, a Public Service Broadcaster, is the largest terrestrial network in the world. The service was started on 15th September 1959 to transmit educational and developmental programmes on an experimental basis with half an-hour programming. A major land-mark was the introduction of colour television in 1982 with Asiad ’82 (9th Asian Games) which ushered in a major revolution in broadcasting in the country. This was followed by a phase of rapid expansion of Doordarshan when in 1984, DD installed a transmitter in the country more or less every day. As on 31st March 2005, Doordarshan has 1314 transmitters (1188 for DD 1 + 121 for DD 2 + 5 others) with 56 studio centres and 23 satellite channels (which includes Gyandarshan).

The flagship of Doordarshan - DD 1 (National) operates through a network of 1188 transmitters of varying power, covering 77.5% of the land area and 89.6% population of India. Being the primary channel of Doordarshan it has 3 major components of programme- information, education and entertainment. The information component consists of News and Current Affairs. The education component is drawn from the contributions from IGNOU, UGC, CIET, SIET and other Sponsored programmes like TURNING POINT (Science magazine) and Terra Quiz (a programmes on environment). Question Hour in Parliament is telecast live on the National channel. The entertainment programmes mainly consists of mid-day daily soaps, feature films etc.

Doordarshan has made a significant contribution to accelerate socio-economic change, promote national integration and stimulate scientific temper. Being a Public Service Broadcaster, it strives to carry messages in its programmes about issues such as population control, family welfare, environment and ecological balance, highlighting the need for social welfare measures for women, children and the less privileged. It has also given ample importance to sports and the artistic and cultural heritage of the country. Its diverse network has been quite successful in meeting this goal, as far as residents of India were concerned. Today, using the Internet, a large number of viewers the world over can have access to the content aired by Doordarshan, at the click of a mouse.

Doordarshan has a three tier programme service - National, Regional and Local. The emphasis in the national programmes is focussed on events and issues of interest to the entire nation. The regional programmes are beamed on DD Channel from the state capital Kendras at specific times and also on the 11 Regional Language Satellite Channels (RLSCs) and relayed by all transmitters in the respective States.

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Doordarshan, Bangalore

The State capital with a salubrious climate and a city full of gardens got an additional feather to its cap with the inauguration of a relay center of Doordarshan on 1st November 1981.This came as a gift of Rajyostava  to the people of Karnataka which promised  to showcase the art, culture, literature and development of the land and its people.   Doordarshan Kendra, Bangalore, got abase production center in 1983, which facilitated the introduction of News in Kannada on 19th November 1983. On the same day Kannada feature films were also introduced on Doordarshan channel. The color transmission begin in 1982 and the sponsored serials went on air from November 1,1985. The new studio complex, which was commissioned in 1988, gave a major impetus to boost the quantum of production. However, the major breakthrough was achieved in 1990 when all the LPTs in Karnataka were linked with Bangalore whereby people through out the state could then see the regional language programmes. A regional language satellite channel was launched on 15th August 1991 which became 24 hrs channel on 1st January 2000.  This came to be later on christened as CHANDANA, which true to its name has been the true cultural ambassador of the State. Today Doordarshan Bangalore covers an area of 76.2 % and population of 82.4%.


Regional News Unit, Doordarshan, Bangalore has been putting out six news bulletins in Kannada. The Kendra is giving space to variety of programmes highlighting the art and culture of the state. The Kendra has also brought out classics, great short stories and novels under the little ”Darpana”.



HPT – 12

Bangalore, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Hassan, Mangalore, Mysore, Raichur, Shimoga, Bangalore (DD News), Dharwad (DD News), Gulbarga (DD News), Mysore (DD News)

LPT – 47

Arsikere, Athani, Bagalkot, Bantwal, Basava Kalyan, Belgaum, Bellary, Belthangadi, Bhatkal, Bidar, Bijapur, Chickmaglur, Chikodi, Chitradurga, Dandeli, Davangere, Gadag Betgari, Gangawati, Gokak, Harpanhalli, Hattihal, Hiriyur, Hole Narsipur, Hosdurg, Hospet, Hungond, Indi, Karwar, Kolar Gold Field, Koppa, Kumta, Mandya, Medikeri, Mudigere, Mysore, Pavagada, Puttur, Raichur, Ramadurg, Ranibennur, Sagar, Sandur, Sirsi, Talikota, Tiptur, Tumkur, Udipi, Bellary (DD News), Davangere (DD News)

VLPT – 7

Badami, Huvin Hippargi, Kudligi, Madhugiri, Sakleshpur, Sringeri, Sulya


Mahesh Joshi IB (P)S

Director, DDK

J.C Road,Bangalore

Tel. 23333831(O)





K R Prahlad 

Head,News Unit,

News Editor Tel:23439377 Fax:23333990 

Res: 26661662 Mob:9448490242


Field Publicity came into existence in 1953. The set-up was created under the integrated publicity programme named "Five Year Plan Publicity Organization". Later in 1959 a full-fledged Directorate was constituted. It is engaged in the task of publicizing various programmes and policies of the Government through its network of 268 Field Publicity Units under the control and supervision of 22 Regional Offices.

Publicity to the policies and programmes of the Government and people's reaction are gathered through the network of field units. The field units of the Directorate utilise various modes of communication viz, films shows, group discussions, public meetings, seminars etc. The units also utilise the local festivals and celebration of national days such as Independence Day and Republic Day for mobilising mass participation in community development programmes.

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DFP in Karnataka 

The Bangalore DFP Regional Office was set- up in 1958. At the time of inception there were four Field Publicity Units under the Regional Office. Over the decades the number of Units in Karnataka has increased to 10. Units at Mysore, Mangalore, Hassan, Shimoga, Chitradurga, Bellary, Gulbarga, Bijapur, Belgaum and Dharwad come under the jurisdiction of the Regional office.


In keeping with the countrywide trend the DFP's Information Education Communication (IEC) activity in Karnataka too has undergone a paradigm shift over the decades. At inception the focus was mainly on the Five Year Plans. But with re-designation as DFP in 1959, the IEC became more broad-based to cover all aspects of the nation’s socio economic development.


Under IEC special interactive programmes together with video film shows is organised. Interactive campaigns have been carried out on Pulse Polio Immunization, AIDS Awareness, Children's Rights and the Anti Child Labour Theme, Girl Child Welfare and Women's Empowerment. A series of special interactive campaign on AIDS Awareness and Women's Empowerment were carried out by pooling together the North Karnataka Units at Bellary and South Karnataka Units at Somarwarpet (Dist Coorg).

Campaigns to increase awareness about Family Health with special focus on Mother and Child Health, Nutrition & Breastfeeding, etc. are conducted by DFP. In close co-ordination with the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI) the Bangalore Regional Office has facilitated intensive publicity on the Infant Milk Substitute (IMS) Act throughout the State.

M N Shankar Joint Director,

DFP 6th floor, 'F' wing 

Kendriya Sadan 

Koramangala Bangalore - 34 

Tel:25538191(o) 25210155(R) 25538191(F)


DAVP is the nodal agency to undertake multimedia advertising and publicity of policies and programmes of the Government. Advertising unit of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was declared an Attached Office of the Ministry on October 1, 1955 with a new name of Directorate of Advertising & Visual Publicity (DAVP). DAVP was further declared as Head of a Department on April 4, 1959. DAVP has been instrumental in creating awareness amongst masses on socio-economic themes, seeking their participation in developmental activities and for eradication of poverty and social evils.

DAVP performs the functions of a multi-media advertising agency for the Central Government and acts as service agency for Central Government ministries/departments to meet their publicity needs including production of media inputs as well as dissemination of messages/information. It also helps Central Government departments in formulating communication strategies/media plans and help implement them at the grass-roots level by providing multi-media support.

The channels of communication used are Advertisements, Exhibitions, Outdoor Publicity which include display of hoardings, kiosks, bus panels, wall paintings, cinema slides, banners etc, Printed Publicity - Booklets, folders, posters, leaflets, calendars, diaries etc. , Audio & Visual Publicity – Spots, jingles, sponsored programmes, short films etc.

DAVP has a network of offices spread all over the country. Two Regional Offices at Bangalore and Guwahati, two Regional Distribution Centres at Calcutta and Chennai  and 35 Field Exhibition Units which include seven mobile exhibition vans, seven family welfare units and 21 general field exhibition units.

DAVP Bangalore:

The Bangalore Regional office was opened in 1982. It organizes exclusive exhibitions as well as exhibitions with Multi-level participation from various State government departments, Public sector undertakings, recognized National and International Non Governmental Organizations and autonomous bodies. Some of the popular exhibitions put up by DAVP are-Freedom Struggle, Girl Child, India Marches Ahead, Women Empowerment, Mother  & Child, Social Justice and Empowerment, AIDS, exhibition on the life and weeks of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr B R Ambedkar, Adi Shankaracharaya, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, National Common Minimum programme etc. Apart from this, DAVP brings out Posters, folders, booklets, calendar, leaflets, Dairies, Wall Paintings, blotters, hoardings, cinema slides, bus back panels, kiosks, Animation display, short films documentaries, translites etc.

A P Frank Noronha,IIS

Regional Director, DAVP

‘C’Wing,Ground Floor

Kendriya Sadan,Koramangala


Tel: 25536624/23(O)






DAVP advertisement rates are effective with effect from 1.10.2002. These are based on the recommendation of the Rate structure committee constituted in September, 2001. In view of the demand from the newspaper industry to revise the DAVP advertisements rates, the Government of India has now decided to constitute a committee to carry out a comprehensive review of existing Rate Structure for DAVP Structure for DAVP Advertisement and to suggest a new Rate Structure Formula to be effective from ist October, 2005.

 The committee in the discharge of its functions may interact with State Government and other organizations concerned and it s deliberations will cover all related factors, which may have bearing on the advertisement rates.

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This media unit of Ministry of I & B is engaged in the production of documentaries and news magazines for publicity of Central Government programmes. Over the last 50 years, Films Division has been motivating the broadest spectrum of the Indian public to enlist their active participation in nation building activities. The aims and objectives of the Division, focused on national perspectives, are to educate and motivate the people in the implementation of national programmes and to project the image of the land and the heritage of the country to Indian and foreign audiences.

The Division produces documentaries/news magazines from its headquarters at Mumbai, films on defence and family welfare from New Delhi and features with a rural bias from the regional centres at Calcutta and Bangalore. The documentaries and newsreels of State Governments are also featured in the Division's release on the theatrical circuit. The Division sells prints, stock shots, videocassettes and distribution rights of documentaries and features in India and abroad.

By organizing five International Film Festivals for documentary, short and animation films at Mumbai, the Division has emerged as a powerful force behind the documentary film movement in the world.

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Films Division, Southern Regional Production Centre, Bangalore, was set up in 1982 under 'PLAN' scheme, for the production of short duration fiction films, especially intended for rural audience and tribals on subjects like Health and Hygiene, Family Planning, Dowry Prohibition, Literacy, Environment, Communal Harmony, Drug abuse and other burning problems. These films provide an effective publicity support for the developmental programmes of the Government of India .Films Division, Bangalore Centre, has been producing Featurettes (Short fiction films) of duration 60-70 minutes in South Indian languages viz. Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and regional dialects with a right mix of entertainment and education.These short fiction films are made in the Feature Film format with all its ingredients viz, dialogue, songs, and dance. These Featurette Films are extensively used by the Field Publicity Officers of the Directorate of Field Publicity in their publicity Programmes. Doordarshan Regional Kendras have telecast many of these featurettes .


Films Division, Bangalore Centre has the experience, expertise, manpower and complete infrastructure required for the production of Featurettes/Documentaries in film and video formats under one roof. A state-of-the-art AVID 9000 editing equipment has been commissioned at Southern Regional Production Centre for both film and video production. It has set up a modern Digital Recording Studio capable of handling all Sound Recording requirements of film and video productions. The Centre has film and video cameras, Nagra Recorder, lighting equipment and 16mm Steinbeck Editing machine also. Regional Production Centre. In addition to short Featurettes, Films Division Southern Regional Production Centre produce Documentaries in 35mm Film format.



Branch Manager,
Films Division,

No.11, New Mission Compound,

Lal Bagh Road


Tel: 22220787(O)





A S Nagaraju,

Producer, SRPC,

Films Division

‘D’ Wing, Ist Floor,

Kendriya Sadan







NFAI was establised as a media unit of the Ministry of information and Broadcasting in February 1964. With headquarters at Pune, NFAI has three regional offices at Bangalore, Calcutta and Thiruvanthapuram. Its three principal objectives are to:

1.        trace, acquire and preserve for posterity the heritage of Indian cinema;

2.        classify, document data and undertake research relating to films;

3.        act as a centre for the dissemination of film culture.

Another important programme of NFAI is film teaching scheme comprising long and short-term Film Appreciation courses conducted in collaboration with FTII and other educational and cultural institutions.

National Film Archive of India, Bangalore

The Regional Office of the NFAI was set up in Bangalore in 1981 with the main objective of distribution of films to Archive Distribution Library (ADL). Members which include Films Societies, educational institutions, cultural organizations, films study centre, clubs in the Universities under the UGC schemes spread over the three states in the Southern Region in Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh make use of about 110 films which includes both Indian and various Foreign films. The films are available on loan in the Regional office, NFAI, Distribution Library.


At present two screenings of classic films under the film circle ”Joint screening programme” are held in collaboration with Suchitra Film Society, Bangalore at the Suchitra Auditorium, for which the films are supplied by NFAI, Pune.


NFAI collects and preserves news clippings from the daily newspapers/magazines etc. Film magazines are preserved in toto. Apart from the clippings, news about new and old films, film reviews, censorship news, festivals/awards and films industry economics are also collected for the Archive. It maintains a small reference library of books for use of the film enthusiasts and students from the Deptt. of Communication in the Bangalore University and the general public.


Central Board of Film Certification with its headquarters at Mumbai is responsible for certifying the films produced in India as well as outside the country suitable for public exhibition. It is a statutory body coming under the Administrative Control of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.  Under entry 60 of the Union list in the 7th Schedule of the Constitution; the Central Government is responsible for Sanctioning of Cinematograph Films for Public Exhibition in India.

The Board gives four categories of certificates "U" for unrestricted public exhibition, "A" for public exhibition restricted to adults only, "UA" for unrestricted public exhibition with parental guidance for children below the age of 12 and "S" for exhibition to restricted audience such as doctors etc. These certificates are issued through the Regional Offices of the Board located at Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Cuttack, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram. Appeal against the decision of the Board lies with the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal.

The Bangalore regional office of Central Board of Films Certification started certifying films for public exhibition Bangalore from May 14th 1984.

A Chandrashekhar

Regional Officer

4th Floor,’D’ Wing

Kendriya Sadan, Kormangala


Tel: 25525164(O)






Song and Drama Division was set up in 1954 as a unit of All India Radio and was given the status of an independent media unit in 1960 as a Subordinate office of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. It was set up to tap the abundant folk and traditional means of communication for the purpose of creating awareness among the people about various national programmes specially in rural areas.

The Division utilises a wide range of performing arts such as drama, dance-drama, puppet shows, folk recitals, folk and tribal plays, sound and light programmes etc. to effectively put across various messages on themes like national integration, socio-economic schemes, tribal development projects etc. With its Headquarters in Delhi, the Division has 12 Regional Centres, seven Border Centres, six Departmental Drama Troupes, nine Troupes of Armed Forces Entertainment Wing, three Sound and Light Units and a Tribal Pilot Project at Ranchi, apart from approximately 700 registered troupes and about 1000 empanelled artistes of various categories. Of the three Sound and Light units one each at Delhi, Bangalore and Allahabad. 10 Regional Centres are located at Bhopal, Chandigarh, Delhi, Guwahati, Lucknow, Chennai, Pune, Calcutta, Bangalore and Ranchi.

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Song And Drama Division, Bangalore

The Bangalore Zonal Centre came into existence in the year 1968 having jurisdiction over entire South India. In 1982, Sound and Light Unit was established in Bangalore having jurisdiction over South India exclusively for Sound and Light programme in Southern Languages. In 1996 a Regional Office was established in Bangalore and activities in Kerala was also entrusted to this Centre.

The Bangalore Centre has played a prominent role in the IEC activities of Karnataka and Kerala by presenting about 3000 Programmes per year. More than 40 registered troupes in Karnataka and 20 in Kerala of different folk formats are involved in the various IEC activities of both the regions.

Yakshagana, Krishna Parijatha (Sannata).,Gee Gee Pada, Beesu Kamsale,Harikatha, Leather Puppet, Street Play, Dollu Kunitha, Veeragase, Magic and Drama are some of the formats working with the Division in Karnataka and Villupattu, Kathaprasangam, Ottamthullal, Poorakali, Magic and Drama are some of the formats of Kerala.


The Sound and Light Units of the Bangalore Centre organizes Mega Sound and Light Programmes, with an objective of educating the public in general and youth in particular about history, culture & tradition in a huge theatrical production of 12-15 stages enacted by hundreds of artists with dance, music & Drama sequences. The show is a big spectacle with colourful costumes, latest lighting & Sound equipments.

H V Krishnamurty

Regional Dy.Director,

Song & Drama Division

‘A’ Wing,Ground Floor

Kendriya Sadan,Koramangala,

Bangalore -560034


      23211861 ®



Publication Division is one of the leading publishing houses of the country and the largest in public sector. It publishes and sells books and journals at affordable prices. Some of the important journals published by the Division include Yojana, Kurukshetra, Employment News, Aajkal etc. Published in English, Hindi and Urdu every week Employment News/Rozgar Samachar is the largest circulated career guide. It carries information about job vacancies in Central/State Government departments, public sector undertakings, educational institutions and reputed private organisations.

It has so far published more than 7500 titles, out of which 1500 titles. The Division has published perhaps the largest series by a single individual - "The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi' - in 100 volumes in English.

Multi-Media Interactive CDs

Division has entered the field of e-publishing through its Multi-Media Interactive CD project. CDs on Brihadishwara Temple, Tanjavour, Indian Paintings, Sanchi Stupa , Qutub and Mehrauli  have been Completed while CDS on Legacy of Adi Shankara-Cultural and Vedic Tourism in India , Monuments and Tourist Centres of Goa , Konark – A world heritage monument  and Sufi Saints of India are in progress.

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YOJANA, Kannada edition is one among 13 editions of Yojana, Monthly published by  the Publications Division. The Kannada version was launched in August 1985. Yojana is a leading and the only monthly journal, covering the whole gamut of development, socio- economic issue and current affairs. The publication enjoys tremendous goodwill among policy makers, bureaucrats, academicians, students and civil service aspirants. The Publications Division books are on sale in the office. Along with this 10 exhibitions are held in a calendar year where discount of 10% is allowed.


Yojana A G Joshi Asst.Editor 


Ist Floor,’F’Wing

Kendriya Sadan, Koramangala








Directorate of film festivals was set up by the Government of India in 1973, to organize International and National film festivals within the country, DFF facilitates India’s participation in festivals abroad, arranges programmes of foreign films in India and Indian films abroad and holds the National Film Awards function.


As a vehicle of cultural exchange, DFF promotes   international friendship, provides access to new trends in world cinema, generates healthy competition and in the process, helps to improve the standards of Indian films.

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Research, Reference And Training Division serves as an information bank and reference centre to provide information feeder service to the media units in their programming and publicity campaigning work. The Division also provides research back up on important policies, issues, events and developments in the field of mass media.

The Division carries out its activities through :

¨         Issue of backgrounders and reference papers on matters of public importance.

¨         Release of biographical sketches of eminent persons.

¨         Supply of reference material in connection with important anniversaries etc.

¨         Publication of two reference annuals "India - A Reference Annual" and " Mass Media in India"

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Photo Division is the biggest production unit of its kind in the country in the field of photography. The Division provides photographs to the media units of the Ministry of Information and broadcasting and other central and state Government departments. The Division also supplies on payment photographs and transparencies to the general public. The Division has its headquarters in New Delhi with well-equipped laboratories and equipment for handling different kinds of photographs stored in the photo-library for easy retrieval of data. Photo Division has switched over to digital mode of photo transmission. The Division has four regional offices at Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta and Guwahati.


The Office of the Registrar of Newspapers for India, popularly known as RNI came into being on 1st July, 1956, on the recommendation of the First Press Commission in 1953 and by amending the Press and Registration of Books Act (PRB Act) 1867.

Statutory functions:

¨         Compilation and maintenance of a register of newspapers containing particulars about all the newspapers published in the country;

¨         Issue of certificate of registration to the newspapers published under valid declaration;

¨         To ensure that newspapers are published in accordance with the provisions of the Press and Registration of Books Acts;

¨         Verification under Section 19-F of the PRB Act of circulation claims furnished by the publishers in their Annual Statements; and

¨         Preparation and submission to the Government on or before 30th September of each year a report containing all available information and statistics about the press in India with particular reference to the emerging trends in circulation and in the direction of common ownership units etc.

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