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Jammu Press Club writes to CM, seeks pension scheme for working journalists

[ March 27, 2017 ]

Jammu: Press Club of Jammu, in a letter addressed to the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, has sought introduction of pension scheme for the working journalists of the state as they have no financial security.

Taking initiative for the cause of working and accredited journalists, the Press Club of Jammu has sought pension for the journalists of the state in a letter addressed to Ms Mufti.

The letter has been written by senior journalist Ashwani Kumar, President, Press Club of Jammu. The letter has highlighted the condition of the low paid journalists particularly those working for the print media.

Apprising the Chief Minister of many welfare schemes that have been launched for the working journalists in the states like Rajasthan, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, the President PCJ demanded that similar steps needed to be taken in the state of Jammu and Kashmir for boosting the morale of the working journalists besides there welfare.

He further stated that on Jan 16, 2017, the state of Assam through a Notification, has started "Journalists Pension Scheme" for their working journalists, who have attained 60 years of age and have retired from the job of journalist/photo journalist/correspondent/camera persons (news).

Seeking slew of measures for the journalists of state on the analogy of their counterparts in other states of the country, the letter stated though a number of steps had been taken by the Chief Minister in the recent past also, yet more needed to be done so as to provide financial security to the journalists in the event of their relinquishing the active job at the time of attaining the age of retirement.