KCR vows to wipe tears of kin of scribes

  • Distributes Rs 1 lakh each to 84 families

Hyderabad: Reiterating that his government would solve all problems of journalists, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said on Friday that the government was taking steps to provide all facilities to journalists in the State.

On the occasion of his 63rd birthday on Friday, the Chief Minister handed over cheques for Rs 1 lakh each to 84 bereaved families of journalists during the first Janahitha programme organised at Pragathi Bhavan.

The Chief Minister said Rs 10 lakh was given for the heart transplantation operation of senior journalist Harikishan Reddy. He also said Rs 3 lakh will be given to the girls, who attained marriage age and lost their fathers under the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund scheme. Besides, double bed room houses will be allotted to the bereaved families in their own districts. He said Rs 4 lakh was announced for the kin of sports journalist J Srinivasulu, who died recently.

Reminding that he worked with Press Academy Chairman Allam Narayana in Telangana movement, KCR thanked the latter for organizing this programme. He asked the media managements to provide PF and ESI facility to the scribes. Stating that he was moved by the problems of journalists, the Chief Minister said there are 20,000 journalists in the State and Rs 20 crore had already been  allocated to them and Rs 30 crore will be allocated in the coming budget.

The Chief Minister said the State will stand as a role model with regard to journalists’ welfare. He said, “We achieved Telangana with great hardships. There won’t be poverty and sadness in the newly formed State. Journalist quota will be created in residential schools. “One has to inform their problems to the Press Academy and we will solve them”. He said he wanted to launch a programme through Janahitha to strengthen the financial system of Telangana State. The State stood in first place across the nation with 19.5 percent economic growth.

Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy, Malkajgiri MP Malla Reddy, I&PR Commissioner Navin Mittal, Press Academy chairman Allam Narayana, senior journalists and others participated in the programme. -NSS

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