Welfare measures for scribes on the anvil

Staff Correspondent

Madikeri: Several welfare measures such as insurance, stipend for children of journalists, and a corpus to provide assistance to scribes in times of need were on the cards, president of the Kodagu unit of the Journalists Association of Karnataka (JAK), B.N. Manu Shenoy, said here on Monday.

A decision to this effect was taken at the national executive meet of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Bangalore recently, where the State Government granted a sum of Rs. 20 lakh towards the NUJ corpus, Mr. Shenoy said. The JAK is a unit of NUJ.

State governments would contribute to the corpus and the interest accrued from it would be given as stipend, Mr. Shenoy said. Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who attended the function,, promised support to the JAK, he said.

Mr. Shenoy said the NUJ executive meeting was attended by delegates from 25 States, and included eight representatives from Kodagu. NUJ national president P.K. Roy presided over the meet, he added.

Action condemned

Mr. Shenoy said the JAK Kodagu unit condemned the action of the Kodagu District Journalists Association (KDJA) against the managing trustee of the Kodagu Patrika Bhavan Trust T.P. Ramesh on Sunday.