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Plea in Bombay HC: Pune publishers want sale of books branded an essential service


Mumbai, Apr 27 (ILNS): A petition has been filed in the Bombay High Court, seeking to include the ‘sale of books’ as an essential service under the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), 1968.

The plea has been filed by Marathi Prakashak Parishad, an organisation of Marathi book publishers from Pune, through Advocate Asim Sarode.

It was said in the petition that Covid-19 restrictions have adversely affected the book publishing industry and if availability of alcohol was considered during lockdown, the petitioner organisation pondered why books could not be included among essential services.

“It is a fact that books provide food for thought and reading reduces stress. As we consider ‘food’ as an essential element, it is time to consider books, which provide ‘food for thoughts,’ also as essential,” said the petition, adding that books provide great help to people living with anxiety by offering better mental health.

According to the petition, no definite definition of essential item has been given in the Act. Therefore, it is necessary that books should be included in the list of essential ingredients like food. The government should be directed to take concrete steps in this direction.

Apart from this, it was alleged in the petition that due to the lockdown, only medicines and food shops were allowed to open at this time. There has been considerable economic loss to publishers in the Corona period, it added. ILNS\SHV\SJ\RJ


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