Punjab government on Monday took a major decision to allow free travel facility in Punjab roadways and PRTC buses including AC buses to all accredited journalists, sub-editors and proof readers of daily newspapers based in the districts and headquaters.
The government has also decided to enhance the free travel limit from Rs 1200 to Rs 1600 for media persons posted in headquarter and Rs 800 to Rs 1200 for media persons posted in districts.
Announcing this here today Bikram Singh Majithia, information and public relations minister said SAD-BJP government had promised in the manifesto regarding this and took no time to accept this major and long pending demand of media persons that would facilitate their travel in the state for discharging their duty. He said budget provision for travel to the journalists has also been doubled in this budget.
Announcing another major decision Majithia said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has also accorded in principle approval to the proposal of public relations department to construct press clubs in various cities. He said that the department had made initial provision of one crore for the construction of press clubs that could be increased as per the requirement.
Majithia said these clubs would be constructed in all big cities in a phased manner fulfilling the major promise in the manifesto.
The public relations minister said department was also giving free insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh to all accredited journalists already. He said SAD-BJP government was committed for free and objective press and was committed to provide all facilities to the journalists to effectively discharge their duties.