PRESS CLIPPING SERVICE
The Press Clipping Service was started on a modest scale in the year 1956 with the objective of speedy disposal of references on current topics received from members of Parliament and others. The scope of the Service has considerably increased over the years. The Service collects all important, relevant and up-to-date news items, editorial comments and articles on developments in the legislative, political, economic, socio-cultural, scientific and technological fields. The clippings are taken from 11 Hindi and 18 English Newspapers published from various parts of the country. Hindi newspapers are – Business Standard, Dainik Jagran, Economic Times, Hindustan, Jan Satta, Nav Bharat Times, Rashtriya Sahara, (all from New Delhi), Aaj (Varanasi), Lokmat Samachar (Nagpur), Punjab Kesari (Panipat), Rajasthan Patrika (Jaipur). English newspapers include- Asian Age, Business Standard, Economic Times, Financial Express, Hindu Business Line, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Pioneer, Statesman, The Hindu, Times of India, Tribune (all from New Delhi), Assam Tribune (Guwahati), Deccan Herald (Bangalore), Free Press Journal (Mumbai), Kashmir Times (Jammu), Telegraph (Kolkata), The Hindu (Chennai).
Press clippings are used extensively by members, Research and Reference staff as also by different Branches of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha Secretariats, research scholars visiting the Parliament Library and accredited press correspondents.
Press clippings are maintained chronologically in subject folders and stacked in a proper sequence according to a specially devised classification scheme based on the Dewey Decimal Classification System. These folders are not issued out but can be consulted in the Reading Rooms of the Parliament Library and the Press Clippings Section.
At present, the Press Clipping Section is housed in the first basement ‘K’ Block of the Parliament Library Building.
The scrutiny of old press clippings is carried out regularly. Most of the press clippings are retained for five years. Important clippings of archival value and those having a bearing on constitutional, parliamentary and legal developments are retained permanently after scrutiny.
In line with the on-going process of computerization of various activities of the Parliament Library, the digitization of the Press Clippings Service has been initiated from June 2011. In this process, a new software entitled "eNewsNIC has been procured from National Infomatics Centre, New Delhi. Important English/Hindi press clippings on topical interest are scanned/uploaded daily can be retrieved through classification number, subject and keywords. These clippings are available to the officers/Branches of the Secretariat on Intranet using Local Area Network (LAN) in the Parliament House Complex.