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JOINT MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED TO HON’BLE MINISTER ENERGY, I& PR, GOVT. OF ODISHA, BY ODISHA JOURNALISTS UNION AND ORISSA UNION OF WORKING JOURNALIST, BBSR.

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.

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