REGISTRAR OF NEWSPAPERS FOR INDIA
The Office of the Registrar of Newspapers for India, popularly
known as RNI came into being on 1st July, 1956, on the recommendation of the First Press
Commission in 1953 and by amending the Press and Registration of Books Act (PRB Act) 1867.
The Press and Registration of Books Act contains the duties and functions of the RNI. On
account of some more responsibilities entrusted upon RNI during all these years the office
is performing both statutory as well as non-statutory functions.
· Compilation and maintenance of a register of newspapers containing particulars about all
the newspapers published in the country;
· Issue of certificate of registration to the newspapers published under valid declaration;
· Scrutiny and analysis of annual statements sent by the publishers of newspapers every year
under Section 19-D of the Press and Registration of Books Act containing information on
circulation, ownership etc;.
· Informing the District Magistrates about availability of titles to intending publishers
for filing declaration;
· To ensure that newspapers are published in accordance with the provisions of the Press and
Registration of Books Acts;
· Verification under Section 19-F of the PRB Act of circulation claims furnished by the
publishers in their Annual Statements; and
· Preparation and submission to the Government on or before 30th September each year a
report containing all available information and statistics about the press in India with
particular reference to the emerging trends in circulation and in the direction of common
ownership units etc.
· Formulation of Newsprint Allocation Policy - guidelines and issue of Eligibility
Certificate to the newspapers to enable them to import newsprint and to procure
· Assessing and certifying the essential need and requirement of newspaper establishments to
import printing and composing machinery and allied materials.
More information Please visit RNI's website http://rni.nic.in