INS condemns strike call by newspaper agents

The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) on Sunday strongly condemned the call for a statewide indefinite strike from March 20 by one section of newspaper agents of Kerala, under the auspices of certain political parties.

“While most of the agents are not in favour of a strike of this nature, this minority is threatening them, creating a fear psychosis and is trying to disrupt newspaper distribution. They are also threatening the hawkers and vehicle owners as well as workers involved in the transportation of newspaper,” INS president Ashish Bagga said in a press release.

He said: “Though the trade discounts offered by all Malayalam newspapers are identical, they have excluded some of the political party newspapers like Deshabhimani from the strike, thereby exposing the political motives behind the so-called indefinite strike.”

The INS president said the demands raised by those behind the strike include increasing trade discount to 50 per cent of cover price, festival allowance, pension etc, which are quite unjustified.

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