President of the Telangana Electronic Media Journalists Union (TEMJU) Syed Ismail appealed to Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao to save and protect the journalist community from the harassment of the managements.
A delegation led by Syed Ismail called on the Chairman of Media Academy Allam Narayana on behalf of the Telangana Union of Working Journalists (TUWJ) to which TEMJU is affiliated and submitted a letter addressed to the Allam Narayana to this effect. Allam Narayana is also the president of TUWJ. However, he received the memorandum in the capacity as Chairman of Media Academy.
The delegation urged the CM to initiate measures to prevent the managements that have been downsizing the editorial staff and reducing the salaries of journalists as per their whims and fancies especially during this Covid19 pandemic.
The delegation also appealed to ensure that the management to adhere to the labour laws in respect to the removal of employees besides making a provision of Rs 20 lakh life insurance and supply of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits comprising hand gloves, face masks, santizers etc.
The other demands are as follows:
- Free Covid19 tests should be conducted for journalists
- Andhra Media Houses continued to enjoy their lion’s share from DIPR ads. Hence, Telangana Media Houses should also be given extra provision in this.
- Financial assistance of Rs 25,000 crore should be announced to help journalists as in the case of advocates.
- Every recognised journalist should be given Rs 10000 for two months as Covid Relief.
- Last but not least, the government should ensure that Journalist Health Cards should be honoured by Corporate hospitals.
The delegation comprises Maruthi Sagar, A Ramana Kumar, Pandu Ranga Reddy, Y Navin Kumar, P Yoganand, Sampath Ganga, and Syed Yousuf Babu.