Hyderabad, February 6: The Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) has decided to go on agitation path in a phased manner from February 14, if the State government failed to solve the problems of Journalists.
The APUWJ general secretary Mr Y Narender Reddy, in press note, said that the Union has taken this decision in the State executive meeting held at Dindi in East Godavari district on February 3 and 4 under the presidentship of APUWJ president Mr D Soma Sunder. The Union expressed its anger at the government for failing to release the ex gratia announced by it for the journalists who were injured and lost their vehicles and cameras in the police lathi charge on February 14 and 15 last year during the Telangana movement in the Osmania University campus.
Demanding the government to make public the inquiry report submitted by the team lead by the Additional DGP (CID), the Union decided to organize the protest programmes on February 14 throughout the State. The Union also expressed its protest over the failure of the government in appointing Journalists Professional Committees, which completed their tenure. The Union also accused the Information Department for its delaying tactics in reviving the Accreditation Committee, Welfare Fund Committee, Inquiry Committee on Attacks on Journalists and Wage Board Directions Implementation Supervising Committee though they completed their one-year tenure.
The Union also decided to go on agitation path against the State government’s failure to implement its own assurance of increasing the Welfare Fund upto Rs.2 Crore and allotting one percent of the total amount that the Channels and Newspapers earns through the Advertisements issued by the government, to the Welfare Fund. The State Executive meeting also demanded the Union Government to implement the Justice Majithiya Wage Board Committee’s recommendations by notifying them. The Union also demanded the State government to implement the pension scheme to the Journalists. (NSS)