Sinha ensures consideration
JAMMU, July 28: A delegation from the Press Club of Jammu (PCJ) headed by President Sanjeev Pargal called Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to Raj Bhawan and submitted a memorandum to him regarding the demands of the Club, the fraternity of journalists, newspapers, etc.
The delegation invited the Lieutenant Governor to Jammu Press Club for a visit or interaction with the media. He accepted the invitation saying he will convey his decision.
Sinha listened very patiently to the delegation and read the memorandum point by point. He assured that the issues raised in the memorandum will be considered.
The Club President briefed the Lieutenant Governor on a series of welfare measures taken by the Club on its own for journalists, including the Journalist Welfare Fund.
Through the memorandum, the delegation demanded that the land adjacent to the Club belonging to the Department of Industry and Commerce which is unused be handed over to the Club for parking and construction of a Guest House.
Pointing out that several states have launched a series of welfare measures for journalists, including a monthly pension after 60, free travel on buses and subways, accident insurance, a welfare fund, etc. , the Club’s delegation urged the Lieutenant Governor to consider granting similar facilities. among others to journalists in Jammu and Kashmir.
“As Jammu and Kashmir is now a Union Territory, the government should grant newspapers DAVP rates for government advertisements at the same level as other Union Territories,” the memorandum states.
He also demanded the regulation of news portals and then the granting of government advertisements.
Almost all other states and union territories allowed journalists to pay no toll on all seats and the Club demanded that similar rules apply in Jammu and Kashmir.
Through a memorandum, the delegation said the government should also set up a Journalists Welfare Fund so that those who have problems during or after services are taken care of. He demanded the construction of a press colony for working journalists in Jammu, a scholarship scheme for the children of scribes, and the organization of trips for journalists to other states to gain knowledge on the job.