Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday said Naxalites should express their
faith in the Constitution of India, and then we are ready to talk with them on
any platform. He was responding to the questions of media persons at a press
conference held in Pratappur. He said that the schemes of the state government
being run in the Naxal-affected areas are winning the hearts of the tribal
population. Now they are demanding to build roads and open camps. With the
effective implementation of state government policies, the Naxal activities are
confined to few pockets in Chhattisgarh.
administration and development minister Dr. Shiv Kumar Dahariya and school
education minister Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam were also present on the occasion.
this occasion, Pratappur Journalists Association President Mr. Krishna Murari
Shukla along with his fellow journalists felicitated the Chief Minister for the
decisions taken by the state government in the interest of the journalists. The
Chief Minister announced the approval of Rs 10 lakh for ‘Patrakar Bhawan’ at
Pratappur. It is worth mentioning that the State Government has hiked the monthly
pension for senior journalists under the ‘Senior Journalist Samman Nidhi’ from
Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000. The age limit for the same has also been reduced from 62
years to 60 years. Besides, the limit of financial aid given to journalists
under ‘Patrakar Kalyan Kosh’ has been increased from Rs. 50 thousand to Rs. 2
new accreditation rules for journalists have been enacted, in which a provision
has been made to give accreditation to journalists of TV channels, web portals,
news magazines, and news agencies. The accreditation quota for media
institutions has almost doubled. In a first, a provision has been made for
accreditation of block-level journalists as well. A provision has also been
made for providing financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of
journalists who died due to Covid-19. The validity period of accreditation has
been increased from one year to two years.
chief minister also gave brief information about his visit to 9 villages of
Sitapur, Ramanujganj, and Pratappur assembly constituencies falling under
Surguja division in the last three days. He announced to start of Agriculture
College and Additional Collector Link Court at Pratappur. He said that good-quality
roads will be constructed in the district.