Hyderabad: The Minister for Information and Public Relations, Ms D K Aruna, has assured that the State government would address all the issues concerning journalists in the State in a positive manner.
Ms Aruna interacted with the print and electronic media personnel as part of get-together organized under the aegis of the Andhra Pradesh Working Journalists Federation at the State Olympic Bhavan, here on Wednesday.
Addressing media personnel, Ms Aruna said that the State government has been confronted with many problems in the recent past, but they would not deter it from addressing the legitimate concerns of the journalists in the State. Addressing all the problems raised by those representing various media organizations in the State, she said that the State government would soon constitute the District-level Accreditation Committees. On the plight of the media personnel working in rural areas, she agreed that they were suffering due to meager salaries and lack of respect for them among the people. Pointing out to the police attacks on media personnel on the Osmania University campus in February last year, she denounced the attacks, and also assured to provide relief to the remaining aggrieved journalists.
Ms Aruna responded positively about the issue of providing Arogyasri Health cards for the eligible journalists. Pointing out to the issue of house-sites for the eligible journalists submitted by the Secunderabad Journalists Union, she assured to look positively into this issue.
Earlier, delineating the problems of the media personnel, the general secretary of the State Working Journalists Federation, Mr Anjaneyulu said that lack of employment security was the main concern. He also said that unlike in our State, pension was being provided to the retired employees in other States like West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Bihar, and requested the State government to study the policies being followed in those States and put the ideal ones into practice here. He also denounced the increasing police attacks on the media, and said while referring to the incident on the OU Campus that a major chunk of aggrieved media personnel have not still received compensation.
The Deccan Chronicle Political editor, Mr Gouri Shankar, the Hyderabad Union of Journalists president, Mr Somaiah, its secretary, Mr Anandam and vice-presidents, Mr M A Rouf, Mr Vijay Anand Rao and the president of the APWJF, Mr M S Hashmi, also spoke. (NSS)