The Offset Printers’ Association (OPA) has demanded that printing should be recognized as an essential service at the central as well state level. The Indian government has declared lockdown for 21 days, and only essential services are allowed to function.
OPA said that if the printing industry is not permitted to function as usual and denied financial assistance, access to raw materials or other support, there is a risk that indispensable products are not produced. It said that the supply of packaging material to the pharmaceutical sector must be guaranteed for an uninterrupted supply of medicine. OPA further stated that labels, posters, and information-folders are very important communication tools, which are need during this time of the pandemic.
OPA said that the printing of newspapers should be uninterrupted as they are the most trustworthy sources of news. “Fake news about coronavirus is dangerous, threatening real people’s lives. At a time of widespread uncertainty and concern, the printing of newspapers/ literature must continue,” it said.
Reiterating the aforementioned points, OPA said it underlines that it is critical that the government include the printing and related sectors as an essential industry during the COVID-19 crisis.