Hyderabad, Jan 6 (GCCurrentAffairs) Union Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Ramdas Athwale on Monday assured that he would extend all possible help on the demands of the All India Working Journalists Association (AWJA).
Speaking after inaugurating the second National Conference of AWJA held at Priyadarshini Auditorium, Nampally here, Mr Ramdas said that the media was playing a crucial role in the democracy and it is necessary to take all steps for their well being.
Reacting on the demands of AWJA,including an own house to every journalist, legalization of electronic media, Special Ordinance to stop attacks and assassinations on Journalists, free medical health cards, medical reimbursement to all journalists, IT exemption, free monthly ration by government, children fee reimbursement, free Insurance for all journalists, Mr Ramdas said that in the demands, some of them are acceptable and Republican Party of India (RPI) would extend its support in this regard.
He assured that the demands would be brought to the notice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Union Minister also assured that if Telangana Government provided a suitable land, the Ministry would help in construction of independent houses to the journalists.
Mr Athwale also assured that he would write letters to the Governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in this regard.
Earlier, in his welcome address, AWJA National President K Koteswar Rao said that the AWJA was working towards the welfare of the working journalists across the country and also the people of the society.
Later, he expressed his gratitude towards the Union Minister for his assurance on their demands.
ational Backward Commission Chairman Bhagwan Lal Sahni, International Media Foreign Correspondents President Venkatnaryana and representatives of AWJA across the country attended the conference.