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‘Telangana govt committed to welfare of journalists’

Nirmal: A two-day long training session for scribes by Telangana Press Academy culminated in Nirmal on Sunday.  Minister for Endowments and Housing Allola Indrakaran Reddy was the chief guest of the event and handed over certificates of participation to journalists from Nirmal, Adilabad, Mancherial and Kumram Bheem Asifabad districts.

Reddy said role of scribes in Telangana movement was unforgettable. He asserted that State government had granted Rs 60 crore of Rs 100 crore as part its commitment for the welfare of journalists and as promised at the time of 2014 general elections. The interest earned on the funds would be utilised for taking welfare measures for journalists community, he added.

The Minister said health cards were provided to scribes on par with government employees. The government is extending support to ensure freedom of press and journalists must highlight public issues, he added.

A special order would be issued, sanctioning 2BHK houses for scribes, soon. Reporters from urban parts with annual income of Rs 2 lakh and journalists from rural areas earning Rs 1.5 lakh per year are eligible for the scheme. Housing sites were given to 50 journalists of Nirmal at Shantinagar. He asked the participants to focus on environment and water problems.

Earlier, Dr Narender, renowned psychologist, spoke on ethics of journalists and psychology. He told them to hone their professional skills and to clarify doubts before reporting an issue. He stressed the need for self-analysis and good communication skills.

Telangana Press Academy chairman Allam Narayana, secretary B Murali, Nirmal Municipal Chairman A Ganesh Chakravarthi, Telangana Union of Working Journalists State vice-president Kranti Kiran, leaders of the outfit Ismail, Yogi, Vishnu, Betha Ramesh, Sridhar, Laxmi Narayana, Umesh, Kareem, Hanmanthu, Anwar, Naik, Chinna Reddy, Ashok and Mahesh were present.

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