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Mnp IPR Min lauds service of journalists during COVID

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jan 6 | Publish Date: 1/6/2021 12:31:26 PM IST

 AMWJU celebrates 46th Foundation Day of Manipur Press Club

Journalists of the state had done a great job in assimilating information about COVID-19 pandemic, said Manipur IPR minister Thongam Biswajit Singh who attended the 46th foundation day celebration of Manipur Press Club on Wednesday.

The minister lauded the non-stop service of journalists during the hard time of COVID-19 pandemic and said they kept behind the fear of the pandemic and discharge duties non-stop keeping in mind that people needed to update information about the pandemic in such a hard time.

Democracy has three pillars but the media was considered to be the fourth pillar, he asserted, adding that that media is also the mirror of the society in a democratic country.

Stressing that one of the major achievements of the incumbent government was bringing peace in the state, the minister appealed to the media to take a major role in bridging the gap mission of the government reminding them that there can be no development without peace.

The minister said that as the incumbent state chief minister was also from the media fraternity in the past, he understood the value and importance of the media fraternity. 

So, the government was doing its best for the welfare of the journalists. The government has also recently hiked the pension amount for journalists from Rs 4000 to Rs 8000 and family pension from Rs 2000 to Rs 5000.

On the issue of some media persons (above 45 years of age) being left out from the pension scheme, the minister assured to look into the issue. 

It may be mentioned that at present, pension is provided to media persons recognised by DIPR between the ages of 18-45 years.

The minister also spoke on the importance of unity. He said that the present government believes in inclusive development and added that both journalists and hawkers are covered under the CMHT scheme.

Biswajit further said that every section of the society has a responsibility towards development of the society and that only when “we fulfil our responsibilities we can bring development.”

State agriculture minister Oinam Lukhoi Singh who also attended the function said that “media acts as the eyes and ears of the public and highlights grievances of the people.”

The minister also highlighted the importance of unbiased reporting and said every reporter should abide by the media ethics and be neutral in their reporting.

In his speech, education minister Sorokhaibam Rajen Singh said that the media acts as a bridge between the government and the public.

The dais of the celebration function was adorned by commissioner (IPR) M Joy Singh, director of IPR H Balkrisna Singh, president of Editors’ Guild Manipur Khogendra Khomdram, president of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union Bijoy Kakchingtabam among others.

On the occasion, pension books of 57 journalists approved by the state DIPR were handed over to All Manipur Working Journalists Union.

Unlike the previous years, AMWJU celebrated this year’s foundation in a low key while observing COVID-19 SOPs. Except for the main function, no other programmes like musical concerts were cancelled.

 

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