Chandigarh, Nov 18 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced to institute a Lifetime Achievement Award and a bonanza of other incentives for mediapersons which included grant of press accreditation facility at block level.
The Chief Minister was interacting with mediapersons shortly after dedicating a newly set up hi-tech Media Centre, equipped with all modern facilities, at the 8th floor of Haryana Civil Secretariat, here today.
Spread over an area of 7000 sq feet, the Media Centre has been set up at a cost of about Rs one crore in view of the changing global media scenario.
He said that in case of sudden death of a journalist or any person associated with journalism, an ex-gratia would be provided to the next of kins out of the Journalist Welfare Fund.
He also introduced the facility of Press Accreditation to mediapersons at block level to three journalists.
He also announced that separate Press Accreditation Cell and Press Facility Cell would be set up and become functional from January next.
Mr Hooda said that for the first time, the mediapersons would be provided with electronic lockers, giving them one GB space to store their data.
Mr Hooda said that the Press Room set up at the Media Centre was the first of its kind in public sector in the country. Equipped with all modern means of communication, it has seven computers with internet facility to facilitate the functioning of mediapersons.
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