Journalists Meet KTR For Accreditation, Health cards

Hyderabad: A delegation led by Press Academy Chairman Allam Narayana, Telangana Working Journalists Federation (TWJF) and other journalists today called on IT Minister K T Rama Rao, Transport Minister, P Mahender Reddy and Information Commissioner Navin Mittal and sought immediate solution to their pending problems. The delegation sought immediate release of accreditation cards, health cards, AC bus pass facility to all Journalists (State and District), house sites and other benefits. The meeting assumes significance as the previous meeting with officials failed to offer accreditation cards to genuine Jou

rnalists by first week of January though it is February now. The officials are yet to respond on the pleas of the scribes seeking accreditation cards as per norms.

TWJF General Secretary B Basavapunnaiah informed the minister that the journalists are facing problems for about three years. Punnaiah asked to repeal GO 239 for denying the accreditation cards in the name of classification of newspapers as big, medium and small and news channels of lower strata. The demands include issue of AC bus passes to I& PR (State), District journalists and also the health cards irrespective of the accreditation cards as Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao promised, allot 300 sq yd land for each scribe in old method, wage board implementation for better salaries, pressure on managements to provide special facilities to the women scribes.

Since most of the reporters working in cities, towns and villages get meager salaries, it is time to impress upon the managements to implement wage board besides providing special facilities for women scribes. Those who met the minister included Kranthi, Koti Reddy, Palle Ravi, Virahat Ali and others. KTR is learnt to have promised to sort out the issue at the earliest and ensure that all the journalists get accreditation cards, health cards and other issues. He directed Navin Mittal to take immediate steps on the issue, a note said.

-NSS

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