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RAJOURI: Press Club Rajouri, while hailing the concern shown by State Government towards journalists by announcing medi-claim policy for accredited journalists, expressed disappointment over non-inclusion of thousands of working journalists across the State. They have urged the State government to provide benefits of this proposed policy to all working journalists.
In a press statement issued by Press Club Rajouri, President Avinash Jasyal, Legal Advisor Tazeem Dar, Chief Advisor Virendar Malhotra and all other office bearers while welcoming the announcement of medi-claim policy announced by State Government today during annual budget presentation have termed it a half hearted initiative which has left many journalists working in extremely challenging environment in rural and remote districts of the troubled State.
“Confining the medi-claim policy to some and ignoring rest journalists is indeed a half hearted step and corrective measure must be taken to enlarge the Policy’s ambit,” chairperson of PCR said.
“Policy for accreditation of journalists in JK has never been implemented in a speedy manner and the government has now issued notification for fresh accreditition and a number of journalists at the district level, serving this noble profession since decades, are yet to get accreditation,” chairperson of club said.
Press Club Rajouri demands State Government to revise this policy and to cover all working journalists in its ambit so that its benefits are availed by all.
They also said that a list of all working journalists to be covered under this policy should be revised through Deputy Commissioners and District Information Officers.
Supporting the demand of other media organisations including Press Club Jammu, Press Club Rajouri also called for a pension policy for journalists as framed in other states.
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