Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, Feb 20 - A general body meeting of the Guwahati Press Club (GPC) today declared the 17-year-old executive committee ‘unauthorised’ and formed a three- member panel to oversee the functioning till the newly elected committee takes charge.
Members of the journalist fraternity attending the general meeting, on Thursday. – UB Photos
The meeting, called in the wake of failure of the old committee of the Press Club to hold polls for the last 17 years, witnessed an unprecedented turnout of over 220 journalists who vented their concern at the present plight of the GPC. President of the old committee Sanjib Phukan was present at the meeting while secretary Nava Thakuria who was ‘unwell’, did not turn up.
While the first extraordinary meeting declared the old committee unauthorised, the interim panel convened another general body meeting immediately to decide the further course of action.
The second meeting was presided over by Executive Editor of The Assam Tribune PJ Baruah, who was also selected as a member of the interim committee which will oversee the affairs till a new committee takes charge. The other members of the interim panel are senior journalists Sushanta Talukdar, Sanjib Phukan, Pranjit Saikia and Samim Sultana Ahmed.
The meeting, which took a slew of resolutions including a few amendments to the constitution, also formed a committee to prepare the voters list and conduct the elections. This committee, to be headed by Ajit Patowary as presiding officer, will have Anupam Nath, Sunil Bora, Durba Ghosh and Ghalibur Rahman as members. A three-member committee comprising Mrinal Talukdar, Parag Moni Aditya and Sushanta Talukdar was also formed to conduct a scrutiny of the accounts of the GPC. The meeting also decided to engage senior advocate Bijon Kumar Mahajan as returning officer for the elections.