Hooda announces incentives for mediapersons

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Panipat, Jan 13 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced a bonanza of incentives and facilities for mediapersons, which include giving press accrediation to those working at the sub-divisional and block levels.

The Chief Minister also announved increase in rates of advertisement for the small newspapers, setting up a welfare fund of Rs one lakh at district level and a reserved fund of Rs five lakh for providing faclities like vehicles at state level to journalist.

He also announced the setting up of a separate jounalist cell and disposal of the cases relating to press accrediation with in a period of two weeks.

The Chief Minister made these announcement while addressing a felicitation function orgainsed jointly by 'Haryana Patarkar Sangh' and 'Chandigarh Press Club' here.

On the occasion, Mr Hooda was honoured by presenting him a memento and shawl by these two organisations for implementing and initiating a number of new schemes and incentives.

Refering to the bonanza of incentives, the Chief Minister said that the press accreditation had already been given to the print and electronic mediapersons at the state and district level and now on their persistant demand, it would also be given to them at sub-division and block level. He said that the rate of advertisements for the small newspapers would be increased from Rs 1.75 to Rs 4.50 per column per cm.

Mr Sunder Pal Singh, Media Advisor to the Chief Minister and Mr K K Khandelwal, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Director, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department were also honoured in this function by these organisations with mementos and shawls.

Mr Hooda enlisted a number of decisions and incentives taken for facilitating and encouraging the mediapersons in the state. These included giving 11 awards at state level and seven at each district level amounting to Rs 37 lakh every year. These awards would be given every year on the occasion of the National Press Day in the fields of creating social awakening, communal harmony, development and rural reporting, investigative and analytical reporting.

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