Minister for Information J. Geetha Reddy has said the State government increased the Journalists' Welfare Fund from Rs. 50 lakhs to Rs.1 crore and distributed pension to the tune of Rs.24 lakhs.
Addressing the third annual meet of East Godavari Journalists' Union, affiliated to APWJF, at Kakinada on Sunday, the Minister said that distribution of Arogyasri cards was still pending for some journalists.
The government would issue the cards to all the remaining journalists after survey of ration cards. The Minister reminded that under mediclaim policy, the State government was bearing 64 per cent of the premium and only 36 per cent was being paid by journalists.
She asked journalists to follow ethics in their profession and oppose entry of anti-social elements into media.
Tirumalagiri Surender, Chairman, Press Academy, said the academy would conduct diploma courses to improve the skills of working journalists in different newspapers.
Minister for RWS P. Viswaroop assured that house sites would be allotted to all journalists.
District Collector M. Ravichandra, SP G. Srinivas, APWJF district president K. Satyanarayana, ZP Chairman Ch. Venugopalakrishna, MLA and former journalist K. Kannababu, APWJF State president M. Hasmi, general secretary G. Anjaneyulu and T. Madhusudana Rao, honorary president Naveen Raju and K. Manjari participated in the programme.