Finally the much awaited good news for the journalists in Kashmir has come. Minister for Education Naeem Akthar today said that the Government is contemplating to establish Press Club at Srinagar.
Replying to a clubbed question of Firdous Ahmad Tak, Ashok Khajuria and Ajatshatru Singh, the Minister, on behalf of Minister for Information, said the process of identification of land for establishment of the Press club is in progress.
The Minister said that the Government is providing various facilities and incentives to Journalists of the state which include granting accreditation to access sources of Information in the Government.
He said the accredited journalists get concession in Railway fare and the current rate of concession in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains is 30 percent and 50 percent respectively.
The Minister informed that visiting journalists are also being provided accommodation in circuit houses at Jammu, Srinagar and Kashmir House, New Delhi at concessional rates.
He said residential accommodation is also made available to accredited journalists in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the Government.
While replying to a supplementary of Surinder Ambardar, the Minister said that advertisements are provided to Newspapers and magazines after completing the qualifying prescribed period for the same. Vibodh Gupta also raised supplementary to the main question.