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Odisha Union of Journalists hailed the flurry of welfare measures announced by Odisha government


Bhubaneswar, 7/6/18;: Odisha Union of Journalists (OUJ) on Thursday hailed the flurry of welfare measures announced by the state government.

OUJ president Prasanna Kumar Mohanty, while addressing a press meet here, – said the recent announcement of Rs 2 lakh Gopabandhu Working Journalists Insurance Scheme and the rolling out of a few other benefits on Thursday were commendable steps taken by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

“We express our sincere thanks and gratitude to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Information and Public Relations minister Pratap Jena for rolling out a number of social security measures like death benefit of Rs lakh to the working journalists, top up financial assistance on the Rs 2 lakh health insurance scheme, 3 per cent interest subvention on purchase of four-wheelers and two wheelers, Rs 2 lakh assistance in case of permanent incapacitation, educational assistance the children of deceased journalists and training of working journalists by Indian Institute of Mass Communication,” said Mr Mohanty.

He urged the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and I&PR minister Pratap Jena to be a little more lenient to announce pension scheme for the journalists.

Besides, Mr Mohanty also demanded for enactment of Journalists Protections Act in the line of Maharashtra Government for providing security to the scribes against harassment and attack by various official and private agencies and individuals.

Among others, OUJ secretary Ashok Nanda, vice president Sadashib Saraf, Rajib Mohanty, national executive member Akshaya Kumar Sahoo, senior OUJ members Ashok Palit and Pramod Samantaray were present at the press meet.



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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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