Representatives of the Editors Guild Manipur and Manipur Hills Journalists’ Union met Information and Public Relation Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh today and highlighted several welfare issues of the journalists’ community.
The EGM and MHJU representatives led by president A Mobi, MHJU president Sothing Shimray and EGM General Secretary Yumnam Rupachandra called on the Minister at the his office in New Secretariat.
During the meeting, representatives of MHJU feted the Ministerwith a traditional shawl and memento. EGM and MHJU team also submitted a memorandum to the Minister.
The memorandum includes identification and acquisition of land for a Press Park, respective offices for EGM and MHJU and accommodation for journalists coming to the capital from the hill districts, one time exemption and enrolment for journalists who had been left out from the pension scheme for journalists.
The EGM and MHJU also expressed the need for the government to adopt a Manipur Government Advertisement Policy where every programs/policies/achievement of the government is advertised to the media as part of a helping hand of the government as the Supreme Court has made it compulsory for implementation of the Majithia Wage Board recommendations.
The memorandum also include consideration of the longstanding demand for subsidy for power and transport subsidy for newsprints and other printing material and amendment of accreditation card rules of DIPR.
EGM and MHJU also requested prompt clearance of government bills through DIPR within two months of submission of the billsso as to enable media houses to function smoothly.
IPR Director Shri Kongbam Meghachandra also attended the meeting. (DIPR)