Bhubaneswar : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had directed the Information and Public Relations Department to make a new advertisement policy for the electronic and print media.
The development comes at the backdrop of the 124th National Working Committee Meeting of Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ) held at KIIT University Campus, Bhubaneswar between 20th to 22nd June 2015, in which Journalists from all over the country had taken part.
The IFWJ Meet in Bhubaneswar witnessed the attendance dignitaries from State and Central Government. Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Mr Dharmendra Pradhan, State Finance Minister Pradip Kumar Amat, Co-operative Minister Damodat Rout, Dr Pradeep Kumar Panighrahy, Ashok Chandra Panda etc… The Philanthropic Legend and Founder of Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS) that educates 25000 Adivasi (Tribes) children from KG to PG Dr Achyutha Samantha and the leader of Opposition Mr Narasingha Mishra took part.
During their participation in IFWJ Meet in Bhubaneswar, the Senior State minister assured the Journalists community of considering all their demands related to the welfare of Utkal Journalists Association (UJ).
Under this circumstances, While reviewing the performance of the I&PR department here, Odisha Chief Minister also asked to provide health treatment assistance to more number of scribes from the Journalists’ Welfare Fund.
He directed the inter-departmental committee headed by Development Commissioner to recommend the possible features of the proposed new advertisement policy and asked the department to make provisions for receiving online applications from journalists and providing financial assistance to them within two months.
In view of the changing situation in the media, Patnaik said, there was need for technical and professional management in the communication network of the I&PR department. He also said the department should take advantage of the social media in its communication network.
With this announcement the Odisha Chief Minister has honored the commitment given by his senior ministers in IFWJ Meet in Bhubaneswar without giving an opportunity for the opposition to raise this issue in next assembly session, as the OLA Mr Narasingha Mishra has assured in the IFWJ Meet in Bhubaneswar that he will fight for the rights of Journalists in Odisha by raising their demands in the upcoming assembly session.