Javadekar: RWAs not right in stopping newspapers from reaching homes

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NEW DELHI: Union information & broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar has said it is not correct for any entities including any Resident Welfare Association to stop the door-to-door delivery of newspapers to people's homes.
In an interview to Times Now, the minister said he reads 20 newspapers every day, and he has not seen any special problem with newspapers. "Therefore, if some RWAs and others are stopping newspapers, it is not correct - they should allow people to take their choice, and read or not to read and what to read," he said.
Heads of apex bodies of housing societies have also been pointing out that it is illegal to stop door-to-door delivery of newspapers to people's homes, and recent statements have been given by the Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association (MahaSeWa), the Maharashtra Housing Federation as well as URJA - the United RWAs Joint Action, in Delhi - in this regard.
They have all pointed out delivery of newspapers to people's doorsteps is an essential service and cannot be stopped, and have asked RWA office-bearers not to interfere in the service or act in violation of orders from competent authorities. MahaSeWa president Ramesh Prabhu had said home delivery of newspapers is an essential service, while MHF chairman Prakash Darekar had said it was illegal to stop door-to-door delivery of newspapers.
The apex body of RWAs in Delhi, URJA, had also issued a recent statement where its president Atul Goyal said "it has come to our notice that there are some housing societies and RWAs that are not allowing distribution of newspapers to their residents, which is illegal, wrong and challenges the integrity of our society". These bodies pointed out that in these times of rumours and fake news, it is newspapers that bring in credibility and uphold the right of information for the people.
Lawyers have also been emphasising that circulation and distribution of newspapers is an inseparable and essential part of dissemination of information and is protected by both Article 19(1)(a) and 19(1)(g) of the Constitution guaranteeing right to free speech and profession respectively. They have pointed out that the only method to achieve dissemination of ideas and information is by circulation of the newspaper.

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