Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, on Thursday assured a delegation of Andhra Pradesh Working Journalists Federation (APWJF) to convey the feelings of the journalist community in the State regarding the issues of early notification of the Wage Board to journalists and press workers with arrears from 2008, constitution of Media Council by amendment to Press Council Act and extending the Working Journalists Act to the entire media industry to ensure fair wages to journalists and press workers; constitution of Media Development Corporation to help small and medium newspapers and news agencies to Government of India. The federation expressed its sincere thanks to the Chief Minister.
In response of the call given by National Alliance of Journalists (NAJ) all over the country, the journalist community along with Andhra Pradesh observed “Demands Day” on March 17 by organizing rallies, dharnas and other forms for early notification of wage board and other issues relating to the profession.
As part of the agitation a massive rally and meeting held at New Delhi on Wednesday by Delhi Union of Journalists (D.U.J), Kerala Union of Working Journalists (K.U.W.J) and other States also. In Andhra Pradesh, journalists in various districts organized different programmes for new wages under the banner of Andhra Pradesh Working Journalists’ Federation (A.P.W.J.F).
The delegation which met the Chief Minister comprised Mr M.S.Hashmi, president, Mr G. Anjaneyulu, general secretary, Mr P. Anandam, secretary, Mr P.Shankar, secretary, Mr R.Venkateswarlu, Treasurer and Hyderabad Union of Journalists (HUJ) secretary and Treasurer were among them. (NSS)