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"Publisher inputs must for policies"

Vowing to make India a hub of knowledge industry, Government has said it would welcome proposals from publishing industry in formulating policies to make book production economical and to meet the challenges of various Intellectual Property Right issues. Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Sanjay Paswan at a discussion at the fair.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2004 19:32 IST

Vowing to make India a hub of knowledge industry, Government has said it would welcome proposals from publishing industry in formulating policies to make book production economical and to meet the challenges of various Intellectual Property Right issues.

"We want to make India a hub of knowledge industry and welcome the participation of printing and publishing industry in formulating the policies to make books at affordable cost," Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Sanjay Paswan said on the sidelines of a round table discussion on copyright issues in the publishing industry here.

He said the Ministry will give patient hearing to the problems faced by the industry and try to overcome the anomalies or the gaps prevailing in the present scenario.

"The mindset of bureaucracy and politicians has changed. We would like to act as facilitator to go ahead in our goal," Paswan said, asking the industry to become vocal like the chambers which had made their presence felt in economic reform.

"The publishing industry should be more representative like FICCI, CII and ASSOCHAM and should interact with the officials in the department," he said.
Expressing serious concern on piracy and other IPR violations, the Minister said despite having a good team on IPR in the department, the issue remains to be addressed.

Appreciating discussion on the issue attended by both Indian and Foreign publishers, he said such programmes should also involve the participation of Government.

Indian publishers said that the Indian Copyright law was at par with any other international law but its non-implementation in true letter and spirit has failed to achieve desired result.

First Published: Feb 21, 2004 19:57 IST