KG News Desk
Srinagar, June 6: A high-level delegation of Jammu Kashmir Press Association led by its President ,Ghulam Hassan Kaloo, called on the Chief Minster Mehbooba Mufti and raised the grave issues that are being faced by newspapers based in J&K State.
The delegation which called on the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti urged her to direct the Information Department to hold the empanelment meeting for empanelling newspapers of the State. The delegation told her that the Department has not held any meeting from over past several years.
According to GNS, the delegation also reiterated its opposition to the new Advertisement Policy-2016 of the State Government framed during Governor’s Rule and termed it against the newspapers of the State. The delegation demanded revocation of the said Policy as it is detrimental to the survival of J&K based newspapers. The new policy is apt to transform the Information Department into the Vigilance Organization as, otherwise, the former is charged with the responsibility of publicity of government policies and act as a bridge between the government and the Media.
The delegation also apprised the Chief Minister about serious problems being faced by the owners of approved newspapers viz-a-viz not releasing payments since long time.
“The information department has not been releasing the payments pertaining to the advertisements of the approved newspapers since last eight months. How can a proprietor run the newspaper without the financial support. This is a sheer injustice with us,” said the delegation led by Mr. Kaloo.
The memorandum submitted by the delegation contained twelve demands and one among them pertained to the compensation for flood damages caused to Media Houses during floods of 2014. However, the Chief Minister gave the patient hearing and assured the delegation that their demands would be looked into. The JKPA President also urged the CM that the people being shifted from Dal Lake to Rakhi Arat on city outskirts are bound to face grave threat whenever the valley is struck by any major flood. The problem needs technical scrutiny by a team of high level experts so that lives of thousands of people do not get endangered .
Prof Amitabh Mattoo, Advisor to Chief Minister, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr Naveen Kumar Choudhary, Secretary Horticulture, Mr M H Malik, District Development Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone and Special Secretaries in CM’s Secretariat, Mr B A Dar and Mr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary were also present on the occasion.