This was announced by Chairman of the Press Council of India Justice (retd) Markandey Katju at the National Council Meet of All India Small and Medium newspapers Federation here.

"I further direct the Odisha government officials to meet the above committee and discuss with them the advertisement policy, rates and others," Justice Katju said while reading out a circular.

The PCI chairman also said that the state govenrment must consult and discuss the matter with the committee before changing the policy and advertisement rates.

Stating that small and medium newspapers are having 85 percent of the total circulation of newspapers in the state, he said these newspapers were more intimately in touch with the problems of the common people.

Earlier, the federation in a memorandum to the Odisha Governor SC Jamir had highlihted the problems faced by the small and medium news papers in the state.

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