Newspaper publishers and distributors in Manipur capital Imphal decided on Thursday to stop their publications in the wake of the government’s decision to scrap high-value currencies.
The All Manipur Newspapers Publishers Association (AMNPA) and All Manipur Newspapers Sale and Distributors Association (AMNSDA) took the decision to stop publications from Friday.
“We’re compelled to take the step in view of the non-acceptance of the Rs 500 and 1,000 notes and also non-availability of currency notes of smaller denomination,” said the presidents of the two panels in a press release after a joint meeting held at the office of Hueiyen Lanpao vernacular daily in Imphal. “We also apologize for the public inconvenience in this regard.”
Seeking support and cooperation from civil society organisations and public, it also appealed to the news persons, distributors and people associated with the trade to join a sit-in demonstration to be organised from 10am to 3pm on Friday.
It also appealed to the Editors’ Guild Manipur, All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union and Manipur Hill Journalists Union to support the movement.
The central government on November 8 banned Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes in a surprise move to fight corruption, tax evasion and black money.
More than a dozen newspapers, including English and vernaculars, are published from Manipur, which is facing acute shortage of essential commodities following an economic blockade since November 1 midnight by the United Naga Council.