Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh today inaugurated the National Executive Committee Meeting of the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) at 1st MR Banquette Hall today. Around 160 members of the IJU from across the country are taking part in the national executive meeting hosted by the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union. The inaugural session was presided over by S.N. Sinha, President IJU. Minister of Social Welfare & Co-operation AK Mirabai, Secretary General of IJU Devunalli Amar and President of AMWJU Wangkhemcha Shamjai attended as guest of honours.
Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister Okram Ibobi said that his government has already constituted a tripartite Committee, in line with the recommendation of the Majitha Wage Board, for working journalists & other newspaper employees. He expressed his confidence of taking up a foolproof action plan for the welfare of the journalists. He added that the proposal made by AMWJU for establishment of Press Housing colony has also been accepted in principal by his government.
Chief Minister further said that his government has already agreed to set up Press Academy for upliftment of quality journalism in the state and the process of setting it up is in the pipeline. He further elaborated on the various developmental works being taken up by his government like increase of the pension for journalists etc.