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Odisha Journalists Union strongly condemned the bar baric attack on satiric weekly CHARLIE HEBDO of Paris,France.The attack is the act of Cowards,the Union said. This type of attack on Media to seal the Freedom of Expression will fail.They added.They expressed their support & condoled the bereaved family.

Recently, a social media journalist, was burnt alive by Uttar Pradesh cops. In facebook, Jagendra Singh had posted against Ram Murti Verma, a state minister in Uttar Pradesh and a powerful Samajwadi Party politician in Shahjahanpur.On 30th May, Jagendra Singh posted a series of facebook post accusing the minister for gang-raping a nursery worker with his henchmen. He also alleged that he minister has grabbed large tracts of land and high-level corruption.The following day police raided his house and burnt him alive in front of his son.On the death of scribe Jogendra Singh in Shahajahanpur few days back, all state office bearers of OJU met in the premises of the Union and demanded the resignation of the concerned minister,stringent and exmplary action against the culprit and demanded a solatium of Rs 50 lakhs to the kins of the deceased .In continuations of the Shahajahanpur barbaric act ,the govt of UP chosen to remain silent on the shameful attack on a TV reporter at Pilibhit of UP.We all members of OJU,strongly condemn the act of mafias supported by ruling party politicians.This formula of killing the democracy gradually will fail and watch dogs of the society will work with more vigour.This is the high time that the parliament of India should concede the long standing demand of the working journalist of the country and bring special laws to protect the scribes.We are also demanding a CBI probe in the matter.

Sri. Pravat Kumar Dash, State President of OJU has congratulated Sri. Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, the new Information & Public Relation Department of Govt. Of Odisha. Sri. Dash expected that the tenure of Sri. Nayak will ushrup a new era for the media persons in the State and all demands of the working Journalists of Odisha will be met. Sri. Dash assured all constructive supports to Mr. Nayak, Minister, I & PR.

Sri. Pravat Dash, State President Of Odisha Journalists Union condemned the attack on Media Persons in front of the house of M.K.Stalin, leader of DMK, at Tamil Nadu. Sri. Dash has urged the State Govt. to take stern action on the attacker and named it an attack on Indian Democracy.

Sri. Pravat Dash, State President Of Odisha Journalists Union has congratulated Sri. Naveen Pattnaik on his fourth term as Chief Minister of Odisha. He has urged the fulfill the promises made by his Govt. for the welfare of the Working Journalists of Odisha, before the General Elections. He has also requested the new C.M. to fulfill other demands of the scribes soon and implement the Majithia Wage Board recommendation, as a whole.

Sri. Abhiram Pradhan, E.C member of OJU from Ganjam District expired on 15.3.2013. He was suffering from Cancer for a long time. Governing members of Ganjam District hold a condolence meeting at Beguniapada, his village. Please pray for the departed soul.

OJU nominated to the Tripartite Comitee constituted,by Labour Deptt.,Govt of Odisha,to moniter the speedy implementation of recommendations of Majithia Wage Board, for Journalists.OJU welcomed the step of the State Govt.

OJU Membership strength crosses 1000 state president Pravat Dash, congratulated all members. Says, the continued support & effort of all members made it possible.


On 27th Aug’2012, a joint memorandum was given to Sri. Arun Kumar Sahoo, Hon’ble Minister Energy, I& PR, Govt of Odisha, in his office chamber at Odisha Secretariate, Bhubaneswar. The joint memorandum was given by Odisha Journalists Union and Orissa Union of Working Journalist, Bhubaneswar by their Presidents Sri Pravat Dash and Sri Rama Hari Mishra respectively, along with some representatives of both the Unions.The joint memorandum was based on the rightful demands of all working journalists of Odisha.

The various points of the demands are
  • Identification of working journalists of Odisha as soon as possible by the Govt.& quick publication of the list.
  • Insurance of all working journalists of Odisha by the State Govt. as per the list.
  • Enhancement of fixed deposit of Working Journalist Welfare Fund to 5 crore.
  • 5% of the advertisement amount,given to the News Papers is to be deducted & the same should be deposited in the Working Journalists Welfare Fund.
  • Immediate pension to the retired working journalists of Odisha on the line of pension given to eminent artists and sport persons by the State Govt., till a full fledged policy decision is made on the pension scheme to the retired journalists.
  • Re-constitution of Accreditation Committee and Pension Committee by the State Govt. as early as possible.
  • Enactment of a special bill on the protection of Working Journalists of Odisha immediately.
After a thorough discussion on the charter of demands the Hon’ble Minister promised to look into the demands seriously and take a decision as early as possible.


     Pension giving ceremony to the families of late journalists of Sambalpur dist by Odisha Journalists Union, Sambalpur Dist Unit on 19/06/2012 attached.

     "Sambalpur Dist Unit of Odisha Journalists Union has started giving pension to four families of the late journalists of Sambalpur. On this occassion The Collector and District Magistrate of Sambalpur, Mrs. Mrinalini Darswal, IAS, gave away the pensions as Chief Guest on 19th June 2012.

     Sri.Siddhartha Saha, Vice Chairman of Sambalpur Municipality also attended the function as honorable guest. Western Odisha Zonal Secretary Sri Rajaram Padhi, District President Sri Ramakanta Biswal & District General Secretary Sri Pramod Bohidar, organised and led the function along with all member of Sambalpur District Unit of Odisha Journalists Union. Kudos to all members of Smabalpur District Unit." Isn't it exemplary?

     "Our Union's pension holder as retd working journalist, Sri Badri Narayan Mishra, the first journalist of Sonepur is no more. The legendary Late Sri.Mishra left for his heavenly abode on 12th June 2012. A sad and painful happening for all members of our Union. We are sincerely considering to give pension to the family of Late Sri Badri Narayan Mishra.

     Let us pray to the Almighty for the peaceful rest of his departed soul.

     May Lord Jagannath give him a rebirth as a journalist again."

     On 06-07-12 evening all the students of the municipal area of Nabarangpur, who got 1st class in the Metric Exam were felicitated by Nabarangpur District Journalist Association, the district unit of Odisha Journalist Union, Bhubaneswar. The colorful function was organized at the Nabarangpur town hall where the local MLA Mr. Manahar Randhari attended as the Chief Guest while District Collector Mr. Sibabrata Dash and Municipality Chairman Mr. Prahallad Tripathy attend as the Guests District Unit President Mr. Rakesh Gupta presided on the felicitatation ceremony. 103 Students, who got 1st class, were present with their parents. The opening song “Bande Utkal Janani “was performed by Sur Ganga Institute. District Unit Secretary Mr. P.Prakash highlighted about the function and vote of thanks was given by District Unit’s advisor and senior journalist Mr.Banka Bihari Bisoi. A number of intellectuals from different field of Nabarangpur and all member of District Unit were present on the occasion.