Special Correspondent

The awards were instituted by Ramon Magsaysay award recipient P. Sainath for Telugu scribes

HYDERABAD: Three journalists have been selected for the Foundation for People’s Journalism awards instituted by eminent journalist and Ramon Magsaysay award winner, P. Sainath.

The first one carrying a cash prize of Rs. 25,000 was won by R.M. Uma Maheswara Rao, News Editor, Andhra Jyoti, Tirupati edition, for his article (part of a series) on displacement of farmers from land acquired for Special Economic Zones in Nellore and Chittoor districts.

Of the other two awards carrying a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 each, V. Udaya Lakshmi won the award for her report in Praja Sakthi, on lapses in implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee programme published. The third one was won by G. Srinivas, freelancer, for his article in Eenadu, on displacement of tribals in Visakhapatnam and East Godavari agency areas from mining projects.

Presentation

The awards will be presented by Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee at a function to be held at Sundarayya Vignana Kendram. K. R. Venugopal, former Secretary to Prime Minister and chairman of the foundation, and Mr. Sainath will participate.

The awards were instituted to encourage Telugu journalists who were striving to promote understanding of the problems of rural Andhra Pradesh by writing on issues relating to poverty, agriculture, Dalits, education, public health and women.

Selection process

These three were selected from the 50 articles received, by a committee consisting of the former Editor of Visalandhra, Raghavachari, former Editor of Andhra Jyoti K. Ramachandra Murthy (presently with T-channel) and the Principal Secretary, Rural Development, K. Raju.