GUWAHATI, March 8 - A high-level team of Journalists Association of Assam (JAA) and National Union of Journalist India (NUJI) met the Director General of Police (DGP), Assam, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta at his office on Saturday and submitted a memorandum seeking a comprehensive solution to the problems faced by the media fraternity.
The delegation, led by Bhupen Goswami, vice president of NUJI, and JAA working president Anup Biswas discussed with the DGP the professional hazards faced by journalists and the role of the police in redressing the problems of journalists as well that of society.
The DGP appealed to the journalists to do some concrete work to solve some of the basic problems of the poor and downtrodden who face untold suffering in various spheres.
Earlier, the JAA in its meeting requested the State government to enact a law to protect the journalists from antisocial and unlawful elements while discharging their duties for the cause of the right to information.
The meeting held on Saturday, presided over jointly by DN Chakravartty and Anup Biswas, decided to organise a national seminar on the subject ‘Rights and duties of journalists and their role in maintenance of law and order’.
The association requested the government to raise the quantum of journalist pension from the present Rs 8,000 to Rs 15,000. It also urged the government to raise the number of pensioners from 20 to 40.
Chakravartty, in his presidential remarks, stressed the need for objectivity and correctness in news in order to ensure sanctity and credibility of the media.
Dalim Phukan, general secretary of JAA, in his report said that henceforth the organisation would meet quarterly on second Saturdays. Bhupen Goswami, former secretary, JAA, was congratulated on becoming the vice president of NUJI.