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DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION & PUBLIC RELATIONS
No.Pub.A (3)-1/2002 Dated 18.9.2002

 

NOTIFICATION

 

In supersession of this department Notification No-Pub-A(6)-3/92 dated 30.6.2000, the Governor, Himachal Pradesh is pleased to make the following rules for the accreditation and recognition of Press Correspondents in Himachal Pradesh:-

 

1. Short Title and Commencement:-

 

  1. These Rules may be called the Himachal Pradesh Press Correspondents Accreditation and Recognition Rules, 2002.
  2. These rules shall come into force with effect from the date of their publication in the official gazette.

2. Definitions

 

In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires:

 

  1. "Accredited Correspondent" means a correspondent who has been granted accreditation in accordance with the procedure prescribed by these rules.

 

  1. "Director" means the Director of Information and Public Relations appointed as such by the Government.
  2. "Editor" means a person who is declared as Editor under the Press and Registration of Book Act, 1867.
  3. "Government" means the Government of Himachal Pradesh.

 

  1. "News Agency" means an agency for collection and dissemination of news on All India basis having their own teleprinter/scanner network.
  2. "News Magazine" means a magazine containing news items and news comments.

 

  1. "Newspaper" means a daily or weekly newspaper.

 

  1. "Official gazette" means Rajpatra of Himachal Pradesh.

 

  1. "Press Accreditation Committee" means a committee set up by the Government under rule 4 of these rules.
  2. "Press Correspondent" means a correspondent representing any newspaper/news agency as defined in the working Journalists (Conditions of Service and Miscellaneous Provision) Act, 1955 and employed as a whole time regular

correspondent at State Level or whole time/part time correspondent at the District/Sub-Divisional Level and shall include an Editor in the case of a weekly.

 

  1. "Recognised Correspondent" means a correspondent who has been granted recognition in accordance with the procedure prescribed by the rules.

 

3. Two Type of Cards

 

There will be two types of cards in different colours one denoting 'accredited' and the other denoting 'recognized'. The accreditation/recognition cards will be given to only those who fulfill the conditions as laid down for each category in these rules.

4. Press Accreditation Committee

 

The Government may constitute a Press Accreditation Committee to which all matters relating to the accreditation or recognition of Press Correspondents shall be referred and its decision shall be final. The Committee will discharge the functions laid down under these rules. The Committee shall be constituted for a period of three years and shall meet as often as required but at least once in a year.

 

5. Procedure for Application for Accreditation

 

  1. A Correspondent desirous of obtaining accreditation shall apply in the form attached to these rules.
  2. Such application shall be made through the Editor of the Newspaper or the News Agency, as the case may be, of which he is an employee, to the Director in case of accreditation as a Correspondent at the State level and through the District Public Relations Officer of the district concerned in case of accreditation at the District Level.
  3. The District Public Relations Officer shall forward the application to the Director, with his comments.

Provided that the District Public Relations Officer shall be competent to withhold an incomplete application and shall forward such an application to the Director when the same is complete in all respects.

  1. The Director shall place all the complete applications before the Press Accreditation Committee alongwith his comments for decision.

6. Accreditation to the Correspondent of a Newspaper/News Agency and others.

 

The Correspondent of a newspaper or news agency should fulfill the following conditions for accreditation:

  1. His residence should be at the headquarter of the State or the headquarter of the District or Sub-Division for which he seeks accreditation.
  2. He should be a working Journalist as defined by the Working Journalists (Conditions of Service and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1955 and should be engaged as a whole time Correspondent as defined in these rules for grant of accreditation at the State headquarters or be a whole time/part time correspondent and be at least in receipt of retainership as prescribed by the Wage Board for grant of accreditation at the District/ Sub-Divisional level. Where a correspondent is appointed on contract basis and where Wage Board recommendations are not applicable, the contribution to CPF will be considered as alternative criteria for accreditation.

Provided further, that a journalist working/engaged on column basis shall not be eligible under this sub-rule.

  1. The correspondent of a newspaper or news agency should be drawing the prescribed wages in the category of his newspaper or news agency as per the wage board recommendations for working journalists and the relevant notification of the Ministry of Labour, Govt. of India. For this a certificate from the employer will be required to be provided at the time of application.

 

  1. At the time of application, he should have spent not less than three consecutive years in the profession of journalism and should be a person of sufficient experience and standing to be able to discharge his duties in a competent and responsible manner.
  2. He should not have been convicted by any law for any offence involving moral turpitude or criminal extortion during his profession.
  1. Accreditation to the Correspondent of News Agencies

 

  1. In addition to the conditions laid down in rule 6, while considering an application of a correspondent of a news agency, due weightage to the following matters in regard to the news agency in question shall be given:
    1. Nature, standing and type of the news agency.

 

  1. Method of distribution of its service; and

 

  1. Centers of Newspapers served by the news agencies.

 

  1. Accreditation shall be restricted to the correspondents of news / feature agencies of at least two years standing and only one member each will be considered for accreditation at the State Level. The news agency should have annual revenue of

 

 

at least Rs. one crore. The correspondents of agencies exceeding revenue of Rs. Five lacs may be considered for recognition. Not more than one correspondent at State and District Level will be considered for recognition.

 

(3) The correspondents of Electronic News Agencies would be considered for accreditation provided the agency has sufficient network and standing and other conditions like CPF etc. are satisfied. The eligibility will be on the following conditions:

  1. A minimum annual revenue of Rs. 25 lacs from news clips etc.

 

  1. Should supply news clips to at least 5 subscribing satellite T.V./Radio organizations on regular basis.
  1. Accreditation for the Correspondent of Daily Newspapers

 

I(a)The newspaper concerned shall be published daily and without day's break between one edition and another.

(b) Its circulation should not be less than 25,000 copies as certified by the Registrar of Newspaper of India/Audit Bureau of circulation; of which a circulation of not less than 3000 should be in Himachal Pradesh as certified by the Director of Information & Public Relations. Correspondents of the newspapers published from Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh and Himachal will be eligible for accreditation/recognition.

 

Provided that for the purpose of this sub rule combined circulation of the newspapers published from more than one center shall be taken into account.

Provided further that each newspaper, irrespective of the number of places it is published from, shall be considered as one newspaper only.

 

Provided further that in case of newspapers of national importance, the committee may consider and waive off the condition regarding circulation in Himachal Pradesh.

  1. In case of small newspapers, their combined circulation may be taken into consideration, if a request is made for accreditation for a common correspondent or a correspondent himself seeks accreditation jointly on their behalf.

Provided that only one correspondent each of daily newspaper will be given accreditation at the State headquarters and also one each at District and Sub-Division level.

 

 

  1. Leading newspapers who have more than one staffer at the State level, the accreditation upto two staffers at State Level may be considered provided they are regular whole time employees of the newspaper and adequate proof like appointment letter, CPF contribution etc. is given. Such newspapers should have circulation of more than 60,000 out of which 10,000 should be in Himachal Pradesh.

 

Provided further that no accreditation will be given for District Level at State headquarter and Sub-Division at district headquarter.

  1. Accreditation for Weeklies

 

  1. The Weekly published from within the State only will be considered for accreditation as under:-
    1. The Weekly should be published without any break between one edition and other and
    2. The circulation should not be less than 5000 copies.

 

  1. The weekly having completed at least one year of its regular publication will be considered for accreditation to its editor under these rules.

 

  1. In case of weeklies published from any where within the Pradesh, district level accreditation will be given to only one person who may be the Editor of the weekly from where the same is published.
    1. State level Accreditation to the Editor of weeklies published from the State headquarter would be considered provided it has more than ten years of regular publication and Editor is also accredited continuously for more than ten years without any break. Provided further that journalism is their whole time profession.

Provided that the circulation in case of weekly shall be as certified by the Registrar of Newspapers/Audit Bureau of Circulation/District Magistrate of the District from where the weekly is being published.

 

9. Accreditation to correspondents of All India Radio/TV.

 

The representative of all India Radio/TV having appointment of correspondent (news section) will also be considered for State or District Level accreditation on the recommendation of Director (news Services) All India Radio/Doordarshan, New Delhi.

 

 

Provided further that the number of correspondents for the grant of accreditation at State Level will be limited to the number of regional news bulletins of the AIR/TV.

Provided that not more than two staffers of All India Radio irrespective of news bulletin at State Headquarter and not more than one at District Level will be accredited. Similar criteria shall apply to staffers of Doordarshan.

10. Accreditation to the Press Photographers/TV Personnel

 

  1. In case of Press Photographers only State Level accreditation will be considered to one photographer appointed as authorized whole time Cameraman by a Daily Newspaper on the recommendation of the Editor. He should also get wages as per working Journalists

(Conditions and Service and Miscellaneous Provision) Act, 1955.

 

  1. In case of TV channels, State level accreditation will be given to only one Cameraman/Correspondent who will be allowed to have Camera Assistants not exceeding two in number. This accreditation will be considered on the recommendations of Director/Editor of the TV channel provide that all other requirements viz residence, wages as per wage Board etc. of these rules are fulfilled by the concerned person. If there are more than one correspondent from the same channel covering different programmes of the channel, only one correspondent who is directly employed and recommended by the channel, will be considered for Accreditation / recognition.

 

For T.V. Programme telecast organization fulfilling the following criteria will only be considered, T.V./Radio News production organizations having air time arrangements with channels/stations should have at least one news bulletin/ programme of minimum of 15 minutes duration per day.

Satellite Channels:-

 

At least 15 % of their respective air-time (Approx. 3.5 hours in a 24 hours cycle) dedicated to telecast/transmission of news and news related programme per day.

News Magazine producing organizations having telecast/broadcast tie-up with TV channels/stations:

 

 

A Minimum total cumulative programme duration of 60 minutes per week on news and news related contents. The other correspondents/programme producers in appropriate cases may be considered for district Level Recognition.

  1. TV channel for this purpose will not include City Channels who will be entitled only for District level recognition

 

 

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