Govt bans printing of calendars, diaries, festival greeting cards by all ministries, PSUs
By Gaurav Noronha, ET Bureau Sep 03, 2020
The government has banned the printing of materials like calendars, diaries and festival greeting cards by all ministries, departments and public sector undertakings (PSUs).
The finance ministry asked all the organs of the government to adopt digital means to publish such material, in a memorandum on Wednesday.
“The Government of India has decided that there will be no further activities towards printing wall calendars, desktop calendars, diaries, festival greeting cards and similar materials by all Ministries/Departments/Autonomous Bodies and other organs of the Government,” the directive said.
Further, the government also banned the printing of coffee table books and directed that e-books should be used instead…
“The printing of Coffee Table books is also banned and appropriate use of E-Books is encouraged. Therefore, all concerned are directed to make efforts to adopt innovative means to use digital or online method for the above activities,” it said.
This was the second such decision which appears to be aimed at rationalising costs with regard to the government’s printing activities and encouraging the adoption of digital tools.
As per a cabinet secretariat decision last month, the diary and calendar printing activities for all ministries, departments and PSUs would be centrally handled by the Bureau of Outreach and Communication (BOC).
The secretariat had directed all government bodies to submit their diary and calendar printing requirements to the BOC by August and that the printing and distribution of these materials should be completed by December.
The government has been making a conscious effort to adopt digital means wherever applicable.
“Given the prevailing circumstances in which the world is increasingly moving towards adopting digital force-multipliers for productivity, the Government of India has decided to follow this best practice,” a statement from the finance ministry said.
“There is to be a concerted effort towards incorporating innovative methods in such matters. Using technological innovations for planning, scheduling and forecasting is well known to be economical, efficient and effective,” it added