Printing and distribution of newspapers in Mumbai and suburban areas will start from April 1. The decision was taken on Wednesday after a meeting between print publishers, Brihanmumbai Vruttapatra Vikreta Sangh (BVVS), the newspaper vendors' union in Mumbai, and Maharashtra Industry Minister Subhash Desai.
A copy of the letter signed by all parties said the publishers will not only provide sanitisers and masks to the vendors but will also bear the expenses of treatment if any of the delivery persons gets infected with the coronavirus.
According to the agreement, the distributors will inform the publishers about the number of copies required a day in advance but the publisher will have to take the leftover copies back from the vendors. The entire process of delivery will complete between 3 am and 7 am.
The publishers agreed to give credit to vendors until April 14.
The representatives from TOI, HT, Mid-day, Samna, Sakal, Lokmat, Indian Express and Pudhari were present in the meeting.