Scribes celebrate MPC foundation day in Imphal

Scribes celebrate MPC foundation day in Imphal
Th Shyamkumar leading scribes in paying floral tributes to departed journalists during the MPC 44th foundation day on Sunday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, JAN 6 | Publish Date: 1/6/2019 11:20:15 AM IST

The Manipur Press Club’s (MPC’s) 44th foundation day was celebrated on Sunday by scribes of the state under the aegis of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU).

Floral tributes offered to departed journalists of the state and felicitation of veteran journalists and families of departed journalists marked the celebration programme.

State forest and environment minister, Thounaojam Shyamkumar, who attended the celebration programme, reminded the gathering of the role played by the media in a democratic country in leading the people in the right direction.

“Not only society, but the media has a major role in leading the government in the right direction,” he said.

Shyamkumar added the media had a great role to play in promoting good governance. The aspects of good governance are facilitated by a strong and independent media-scape within a society, he opined.

“Only when journalists are free to monitor, investigate and criticize the public administration’s policies and actions, good governance takes hold,” he said.

Shyamkumar suggested that all the journalists in the state follow the basic principles of journalism - balanced reporting, and taking accounts and feedback of all stakeholders, rather than reporting one-sided stories.

As the media often highlights the problems and flaws of the government, likewise it should also highlight good works and journalists should report from interior parts of the state for effective implementation of various welfare schemes and programmes, he opined.

Stating that media should act as a guide and a tutor to all, he said everybody has flaws which can be corrected with timely intervention.

Director of the state’s Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), Heisnam Balkrisna Singh, highlighted various welfare schemes and programmes being initiated by the government while asserting that the directorate was committed to the welfare of media persons of the state, and that it was working towards this end.

He said that the state government was considering covering non-subscriber senior media persons under the Manipur State Journalists’ Pension Scheme with a one-time relaxation. A meeting regarding the matter will be held soon with representatives of the Editors’ Guild Manipur (EGM) and AMWJU, he added. 

According to Heisnam, DIPR is preparing a proposal to increase pension amounts and was seeking government approval. “It will be soon tabled in a cabinet meeting,” he added. 

While pointing out that the state chief minister had recently announced the coverage of journalists and hawkers under the “Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT)”, he said that process for issuing CMHT card to journalists had already been started.

“An insurance policy for the journalists and newspaper hawkers is also in the pipeline,” he said and invited genuine suggestions from journalists.

Speaking on the occasion, AMWJU president Brozendro Ningomba expressed concern about declining ethics, morality and discipline among a few journalists of electronic, print and digital media. 

He advised the journalists of the state to follow discipline and ethics while asking how media people could take a lead role in shaping the society when they went outside of their ethics and discipline. 

The scribes celebrated the foundation day of Manipur Press Club by suspending their duties for the day like every years. Except one, other newspapers will not hit the stands on Monday owing to scribes being off their duties.

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