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  • ‘JAA’ demanded an increase in the pension of journalists to Rs 20,000

    Published on November 29, 2022

    Bhupen Goswami 

    Guwahati : An important executive meeting of the Journalists Association of Assam (JAA) was held today under the chairmanship of the president and eminent journalist intellectual Dhirendra Nath Chakraborty. ‘JAA’ general secretary Dalim Phukan has presented a report at the meeting with the objectives.

    Bhupen Goswami, chief advisor to JAA and National Vice President of National Union of Journalists India, explained the various problems being faced in the media in recent times and urged journalists to work with ethics with utmost dedication.During the meeting, Mayukh Goswami, Sandeep Sharma, Pranjal Bordoloi, Sunil Bora, Manas Pratim Hazarika, Sudip Sharma Chowdhury, Kumar Nripendra Rajbanshi, Paramananda Deka, Geeta Saharia, Trishna Dal pegu, Pooja Sharma, Geetimalika Rabha, Sabin Deka gave various suggestions for the welfare of journalists and media with their own experiences. Today’s executive meeting adopted a series of resolutions discussing the burning issues of journalists and the media. With the price of printing materials, including news prints, rising by 100 per cent, including GST, the terrible problems faced by the newspaper group were discussed in detail in the meeting.

    On the other hand, JAA has expressed deep concern over the non-increase in government advertisement rates since 2014 and a resolution was adopted demanding the government to increase the rate of this advertisement by one hundred percent. Besides, a resolution was adopted demanding setting up of media councils to monitor the affairs of media and journalists, enactment of the Protection of Journalists Act, extension of corpus fund of Journalists’ Welfare Fund of Assam to Rs 100 crore, increase of journalist pension to Rs 20,000 and pension to 30 journalists every year. A unanimous resolution was also passed to submit a memorandum to Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma and Minister for Information and Public Relations and Parliamentary Affairs Pijush Hazarika in this regard. The meeting decided to hold the 14th State Conference of JAA and north east Journalists Meet as well as a journalist’s workshop in Guwahati in the 2nd week of February, 2023.


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