Hyderabad, Feb.12 (NSS): The Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) has given a call to the journalists to observe February14 as a protest day and make it a success across the State, if the State government failed to respond on the demands of journalists on or before February 13.
The APUWJ president Mr D Soma Sunder and general secretary Mr Y Narender Reddy, in press note issued on Saturday, said that the government failed to release the ex gratia announced in the Assembly 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. They said that they were observing the protest programme on February 14, on completion of one year of the incident, but the government was not responding yet.
The Union also demanded the government to make public the inquiry report submitted by the team lead by the Additional DGP (CID) on the Osmania University incidents. 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 protested 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 earn through Advertisements issued by the government, to the Welfare Fund.
The union also demanded the Union Government to make the State government to notify the Justice Majithiya Wage Board Committee’s recommendations. The Union also demanded the State government to implement the pension scheme to the Journalists. (NSS)