GUWAHATI: The United Peoples’ Party Liberal (UPPL) on Monday said that it is going to prioritise charter of a journalists’ welfare board whether comes to power in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) to relieve the scribes from sure financial difficulties.
UPPL chief and former All Bodo Students’ Union president Pramod Boro said, “We are concerned with the low wages paid to the media persons. The scribes’ contribution to society has all the time been huge and invaluable. Considering these kind of, we will be able to prioritise the charter of a journalists’ welfare board in BTC whether we come to power.”
Boro further said, “Journalists in BTC work under intense pressure. They also turn sufferers of violent attack but even so facing acute financial crunches whenever they encounter situations like accident, diseases and other circle of relatives issues. I am self-assured; the proposed welfare board will help us bring enormous relief for the scribes.”
He stressed that whether the UPPL comes to power, the new BTR government will earmark an annual budget of Rs. 10 Crores to the proposed Journalist Welfare Board for journalists of the BTR region.
“We can open Group life Insurance ( Life coverage of Rs. 1 Crore each and every ) for working Journalists of BTR region. We can sponsor media tours and equip the press clubs to locate in the BTR with Wi-Fi connectivity. We can introduce a media fellowship to 10 persons annually to research in the field of Journalism in BTR. We can construct journalist colony in district headquarter and Sub Division headquarter but even so establishing a media institute and research centre in BTR area,” Boro said.
The polls to the 40-seat tribal council were deferred in March this year by the Assam State Election Commission in view of the coronavirus pandemic. The polls were earlier scheduled to be held on April 4.
The BTC, which used to be formed on February 10, 2003, used to be rechristened as BTR (Bodoland Territorial Region) after the signing of the third Bodo Accord on 27 January 2020. Elections to the BTC were first held in 2005 and have been ruled by the BPF ever since then.