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Shifting of Govt Press benefits private firms
2/9/2019 11:40:01 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad

Early Times Report

Srinagar, Jan 9: The shifting of Government Printing Press out of Srinagar has benefited the private firms. Even as the shifting of Government Printing Press Srinagar from its Lal Chowk location had come under stiff opposition, the government went ahead in 2017 and shifted its office to Pampore. A source said that employees of the Government Printing Press had written to the government that shifting proposal of Government Printing Press to Sempora Pampora could result in loss of revenue to Govt crores annually.
They had also written to the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir in this regard in which they expressed their apprehensions about the shifting of the Government Printing Press. In 2014, General Manager Government Printing Press, wrote to the Principle Secretary/Secretary to Govt ARI and Training Department, in which he has stated that shifting of Press to Pampore would be highly inconvenient for its employees to reach their homes in the late hours. "In all the states, the Printing Press is located in the main capital cities and within the stone through distance from the Civil Secretariat, Legislative Assembly and other important departments keeping in view the working/functioning of the Government Press," he had said.
He had also said that during Assembly session, the question lists used to come till late evening hours even upto 10 PM for printing and next morning by 7 AM are to be sent back to the concerned department.
He has also mentioned that shifting of Government Printing Press from its present location could be a huge loss of its revenue.
He had recommended that it should not be shifted from its present site which otherwise could have adverse affects on the overall functioning of the Press. Despite that government went ahead and has now been facing heavy losses.
"The Government Printing Press has now reached to its closure," a source said. "Shifting it to outside Srinagar has caused huge losses to it," the source added.
Earlier, in 1980, General Manager Government Printing Press, HK Sharma had also rejected the shifting proposal of Press to Saida Kadal Srinagar, who stated negative consequences that would arise due to shifting of Press out of the city centre and would become inaccessible to departments.
In this regard, the Government Press Employees Association had held protest at several times against the shifting proposal, but to no avail.
"We told the government that shifting proposal of Govt Printing Press would lead to the closure of department as it could result in decline in number of printing jobs at Govt Printing Press. This step has been taken for its destruction for the sake of some vested interested people, who are hell bent only to make their personal gains out of move. The employees also suffer and it gave rise to corruption, unemployment and closure of department. The intention was to give benefit to private firms because it would become inaccessible for Government departments to reach there and they would go to private presses for printing," a government employee said.
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