Speaking on the occasion Shri Y. Khemchand Singh expressing his happiness on learning that the Press is a platform to throw the truth of the society. It is quite unfortunate that whatever that the government had said to take up is in vain and that if AMWJU urged the government to put up in the coming budget session, it will be appropriate. He asked Minister Th. Shyamkumar to put up the plight of AMWJU and journalists in the Cabinet Meeting to meet their demands. He also said that Journalists have a big role in bringing good governance in the State and electing of a good member. He appealed the media persons to take seriously the electoral behavior of the State and change the present trend of Election System to make Manipur a better State as the Election Commission monitor the election expenditure minutely but not the huge sum that has been expended outside the State.
Shri Th. Shyamkumar said that media plays a big role in developing the society. Media is the eye and ear and the strength of the media is the strength of the Government. The country and particularly Manipur will develop when the media is strong enough to report the truth only. He said to find the flaws of the Government without any bias so as to enable the Government to work efficiently for the welfare of the people of the State. Media should cover the works taken up by the Government Departments from time to time. He added that the plights of the journalists put up by the members of the media fraternity will be look into and take action immediately consulting with the Chief Minister and the concerned authorities. He said that media persons should have the courage to report boldly and appealed the media persons, on a friendly note, not to work on assumption but to find the facts first and report with documents regarding Government Departments.
Shri Wangkhemcha Shamjai said that media persons should follow ethics of journalism while reporting. He also said that the One-Time pension of the Journalist will begin from next year. Press Club has improved a lot and is now planning for a Solar Roof topping in collaboration with MSPDCL to provide uninterrupted power supply. He also asked the concerned Department to increase the amount of the Pension Scheme of the journalist.
As part of observing the Foundation Day, Braveheart Journalist Award, starting this year, was handed over to 4(Four) media persons for rendering their help to the injured escort personnel accompanying the Chief Minister and his Ministers at the Cabinet Meeting held at Tamenglong District Headquarter that met with an accident on its way back to Imphal.
On the occasion of the foundation Day, Ex-Presidents, Ex-Secretaries of AMWJU and newly affiliated District Correspondents were also felicitated. Media persons from all media agencies of the State took part in the observation of the 43rd Foundation Day of Manipur Press Club.