Despite Poll Season, Printing Presses Go Silent

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Despite Poll Season, Printing Presses Go Silent


Lucknow, Jan. 12 -- From the turmoil of pre-Independence era to the first UP assembly election in 1951, Tanveer Printers - one of the oldest printing presses operating in Lucknow - has seen it all.

Though the printing press has braved the vagary of time for decades, demonetisation has dealt a severe blow to the unit bringing it on the verge of closure.

Proprietor of Tanveer Printers, Haroon Nomani, terms demonetisation as the last nail in the coffin of printing presses which are already tottering to their fall in the age of e-books and Kindle.

"Be it Uttar Pradesh or any other part of the country, election season always ensures good business for printing presses. But this time, 'notebandi' has pushed printing presses into oblivion. Printers in Uttar Pradesh are the worst hit," laments Nomani.

Haroon Nomani, owner of Tanveer Press in Lucknow. (HT Photo)

"This is for the first time in the 84-year history of Tanveer Printers that machines have fallen silent in election season. I still remember the glorious past of this unit when we used to be overworked during election," he recalls.

"We hired at least 10 small printing presses to meet the order," he says.

Nomani adds that printing work for election generally starts pouring in about three months in advance.

"It includes orders of posters, banners, calendars, badges, cards and other canvassing material. During assembly election in 2012, the situation was no different as our machines worked round-the-clock to meet the demand," he says.

"But there is hardly any business this time around. We also contacted a few political parties but their leaders say they are facing cash crunch. UP election is hardly a month away. Despite it being the peak season, there is no business for us," he adds. …

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