Better benefits for state scribes

IMPHAL, October 29: The All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union team led by its president Wangkhemcha Shamjai and including Standing Committee members had met with the state Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on October 28 and discussed its previous charter of demands.

The meeting which was convened at the CM’s office chamber continued from 4 pm to 7 pm and attended by other concerned government officials.

The meeting was attended by former AMWJU president and present MLA Nongthombam Biren Singh; MLA Ranjit;  addl chief secy, RR Luxmi; commissioner IPR, Lekhogin Haokip; commissioner Revenue, Sunderlal; commissioner, Disaster Management, addl. Finance secy., Gyan Prakash; Imphal West DC Radhakumar; director, IPR W Rajen Singh and addl director, Juringlal.

After discussing on the 15 point charter of demand, the meeting further decided on the issues to be taken up on priority basis, informed a press release of the union.

The demands placed by the union include increase in budgetary support for the maintenance of Manipur Press Club, which was increase to Rs two lakh from one lakh.

Further according to the statement, it was resolved that either the government will release a one-time grant in aid as medical aid for journalist and for AMWJU to manage on it’s own or select a model which is implemented in other North Eastern states and follow it.

Regarding the opening of a Press Academy in the state, models from Kerala and Andhra Pradesh were also submitted and the necessary details will be chalk out during a meeting between IPR and AMWJU.

After drafting the actual modalities, it will be submitted to the government so as to expedite the process, it said.

Regarding payment of ex-gratia to journalists suffering casualty during line of duty, it was resolved that in case of death during line of duty, the next of kin will be paid Rs five lakh as ex-gratia and a job to a family member and Rs one lakh for injuries, the statement said.

Further, family benefit schemes of journalist inclusive of establishment of a housing colony was also deliberated and necessary action to be implemented. A press room to be sanctioned at Manipur Assembly for coverage. A memorial complex to be built at Mt. Harriet (Andaman and Nicobar) for Maharaj Kullachandra.

Further, it was also resolved to upgrade the pension scheme for journalist from Rs 2000 to Rs 4000. To raise the widow pension from Rs 1000 to Rs 2000 etc.   

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