Members of Chandigarh-Punjab Journalists Association (CPJA) were cane-charged by the Punjab Police when they organised a protest march towards the house of state Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia here on Wednesday.
The CPJA president Jasbir Singh Patti, condemning the lathi-charge, said that it was unwarranted since they were going to handover the memorandum listing the demands of working journalists.
Patti said that the CPJA has asked the government for Rs 10 lakh accidental insurance cover, to ensure security for field journalists, fulfill promises made to the journalists in the previous elections manifesto and pension Rs 10,000 per month to all the journalists who have completed the age of 58.
However, Majithia in a statement, has assured the CPJA that Punjab government would consider all of their reasonable demands sympathetically. Meanwhile, Prof Sarchand Singh Media Advisor to Majithia on Wednesday received the memorandum from Chandigarh-Punjab Journalists Association regarding their demands.
Majithia said that the Punjab government is providing various facilities to the working journalists in the state including free bus facility, accidental insurance of Rs 5 lakh to accredited and even to yellow card holders, establishing press clubs in districts, smart cards, stay for accredited journalists in circuit houses on concessional rates. Prof Sarchand Singh said that Majithia has apprised him that the Punjab government would consider genuine demands of the Chandigarh-Punjab Journalists Association.
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