Print medium facing tough challenges: MLA

Speaking at a function here on Monday, the minister said that the BJP government in the State is mulling over paying a monthly pension of Rs 4,000 to journalists, as has been done in the neighbouring Kerala. Apart from this, it is also being planned to provide free bus pass facility enabling the scribes to travel across the State free of cost and opening press clubs at district centres.

Claiming that the government has taken steps for development of Chikkaballapur as a district, Bachegowda said that a sum of Rs 20 crore has already been released for construction of the office complex. A plan has been formulated with the assistance from World Bank for development of the area. Chikkaballapur City Municipality is being given a total sum of Rs 30 crore, at the rate of Rs 15 crore per year, over a span of two years. The CMC should swing into action for providing infrastructure such as road and drainage at the district centre, by utilising the available funds.

The minister disclosed that the extension of the tenure of the president of local bodies including the City Municipal Council is being contemplated. It is being though to retain the reservation once declared, at least for a period of ten years. Longer duration of office-bearers will assist in taking up development works.

Legislator K P Bachegowda, who spoke on the occasion said that newspapers should discharge their duties without any fear or favour. They should not be bogged down by any pressure or attempt to conceal true facts and act without any prejudice.
Retired Chief Secretary to government, Muddappa, Information Officer C M Ranga Reddy, farmers’ leader Yaluvahalli N Ramesh, City Municipal Council president M Prakash, Zilla Panchayat member G R Narayanaswamy, Komul director K V Nagaraj were present on the occasion.

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