Press and Publication Ordinance 2002 to be amended
ISLAMABAD- Government has decided to make necessary amendments in the Press and Publication Ordinance 2002 in order to deal with the pending applications for grant of declaration of newspapers in federal capital.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has put up a summary before the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights, for the amendment in the Ordinance.
The sources in the district administration told sources that Law Ministry has sent the summary to President for promulgation but the President Secretariat returned the summary for incorporation of more changes.
The summary after necessary changes was once again send to President Secretariat for approval, they said.
The Press and Publication Ordinance 2002 was promulgated to empower the District Co-ordination Officer (DCO) appointed under new local government system introduced by Musharraf government.
Islamabad, the federal capital is being run under the old system where the Deputy Commissioner is acting as District Magistrate, in spite of District Coordination Officer (DCO) in running the matters.
The office of the deputy commissioner under the new ordinance is not empowered to deal with the matters to grant declaration of newspapers.
So they put up matter to Ministry of Information and dispatched a summary to make necessary amendments in the ordinance in order to run the affairs in a smooth manner, informed sources revealed.
In past a moratorium was imposed by the government on grant of declaration in 2001 by the government, which suspended the declaration process in Islamabad.
People who want to publish newspapers and journals from the capital are moving from pillar to post, but the administration has shown helplessness in dealing with the matter.
Source: Business Recorder