Chandigarh

'SAVE MEDIA MOVEMENT' PROTEST AGAINST RETRENCHMENTS, SUBMITS MEMORANDUM TO PM THROUGH GOVERNORS

June 29, 2020 05:46 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

media men at Raj bhawan
Various Journalists Organisations under the banner of 'SAVE MEDIA MOVEMENT' raised voice against retrenchments of the mediapersons from media houses during ongoing Covid 19 at Sector 17 Plaza here on Monday.

Later Media persons representative of various Unions, submitted Memmorandum to Prime Minister of India through Governor of Punjab and Administrator U.T. Chandigarh and Haryana Governor to save the Fourth Pillar of Democracy by stopping lay-offs in media and offering a special economic package to those who comply.

In the memorandum various media organizations, said, “we the media professionals, would like to bring to your notice that the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, has hit the media industry hard. Our two main sources of revenue - income earned through circulation of our newspapers and magazines, and the advertisement revenue have fallen drastically over the past nearly three months.  

The DAVP rate may be raised by 20 percent for a fixed time period - atleast one year- till the economy gets back on track. The duties on newsprint may be reduced. The relief package should be extended to only those media houses that have not laid-off employees.. The relief package may be extended to those organizations who promise to take back laid-off employees at their original salary and perks.

As incomes of news organizations slide to unprecedented low levels, the managements of almost all organisations have now started laying off employees. In this situation of economic slowdown, it would be impossible for these laid off employees to find jobs. The media professionals would then add on to the burgeoning number of those rendered unemployed because of the long COVID-induced lockdown. We, the media professionals of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, request your goodself to kindly stop all retrenchment in the industry and bail out the beleaguered industry.

Memorandum said, the Labour department may be asked to immediately get in touch with the managements of all media organisations and stop them from the illegal practice of forcibly seeking resignations from employees. Those who have already been asked to resign, may be immediately reinstated. The labour department may immediately start advertising that they are keeping a watch and ask any employee, forced to resign under duress, to immediately approach the labour officials.

The DAVP rate may be raised by 20 percent for a fixed time period - atleast one year- till the economy gets back on track. The duties on newsprint may be reduced. The relief package should be extended to only those media houses that have not laid-off employees.. The relief package may be extended to those organizations who promise to take back laid-off employees at their original salary and perks.

Organisation said, we look up to you with the hope that our representation will be duly considered and directions be issued to the departments concerned to take immediate steps for saving the fourth estate.

The memorandum signed by The Tribune Employees Union Anil K. Gupta, Ruchika M.Khanna, National Union of Journalists ( India) Ashok Malik, Jitender Awasthi, Indian Journalists Union Vinod Kohli, Balwinder S. Jammu, Punjab & Chd Journalists Union Jai Singh Chibber , Bindu Singh, Chd. Pb. Union of Journalists Naveen Sharma, Rajesh Sharma, Chandigarh Journalists Association Amar Nath Vashisht, N.S. Mahara, Indian Express Empl. Union Raj Kumar Srivastva Sunil Kumar Saini, U.N.I. Employees Union Gurmeet Singh, Mahesh Rajput , Senior Members: Jagtar Singh Sidhu, A.S. Prashar, HerKanwaljit Singh, Sarabjit Pandher, Baljit Balli ,Tarlochan Singh, Sukhbir Singh Bajwa, J.S. Trehan, G.C. Bhardwaj, Karamvir, Jagtar Bhullar, Nalin Acharya, Dr. Joginder Singh, Jaswant S. Rana, Anil Bhardwaj, Avtar Singh, Pritam Singh Rupal.

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