IJU's Haridwar Resolution - July 1st , 2014
The National Executive Committee Meeting of the Indian Journalists Union (I.J.U) was held at Haridwar (Uttarakhand) on July, 1st, 2014 criticised and condemned the decision of the Press Council of India not to recognize the I.J.U. represented by President Akhouri Suresh Prasad (Suresh Akhouri). The decision is arbitrary, illegal, immoral, unethical and based on partiality. It is complete discrimination and betrayal towards a journalist body which enjoys over whelming majority of the journalists in the country and are fighting for better wages, job security, improved service conditions and free from all pressures under the banner of I.J.U. represented by President Akhouri Suresh Prasad(Suresh Akhouri). The I.J.U spread all over the country and is represented by as much as 24 state unions of the country affiliated to it.
The Indian Journalists Union was recognized even in the eleventh term of the Press council of India. Then chairman justice G.N.Ray accepted the panel filled by the President Suresh Akhouri and had not considered the panel submitted by then I.J.U secretary- General K. Sreenivas Reddy. That time Mr. Reddy had submitted a separate panel in the name of I.J.U.
When the notice was published in the newspapers on 13 September, 2013 inviting claims for the Press Council of India for 12th term from the unions, the Indian Journalists Union staked its claim and submitted all the documents and papers required by the P.C.I on stipulated date on 11.11.2013. In the same notice it was mentioned that "the claimant organization to a declaration that the claim of the body is free from all encumbrances and that no intra-- organizational factional dispute election of office bearers etc. exists or is pending in any court of law anywhere in the country. The Council will be free to reject any claim if such dispute is brought in its notice at any stage during reconstitution process."
It is pertinent to mention here that that Indian Journalists Union while filling its claim had also declared that a civil suit is pending in the Patiala House Court, New Delhi filed by the I.J.U. photographers. Press council Act section 5(3) (a) provides for representation for two categories of working journalists namely the editor and second is other than editor. It does not say about the separate categories for sub—editor, reporter, correspondent or cameramen.
According to a another R.T.I.information Press Association of India, New Delhi did not file any return and other documents for many years. RTI information has further revealed that the Working News cameramen's Association also did not file annual returns for many years which is a mandatory requirements. Then on what basis Press Council of India has recognized these two bodies?
National Executive Committee resolution expressed its regret that the sectional and regional bodies, which do not exist in the records of Registrar of Trade Union or Registrar of societies, have been recognized by the Press Council of India, which is illegal and is totally against the published Eligibility Rules. It amounts to gross violation and abuse of Rule 3 of the Press Council (procedure of nomination) Ruls.1978. Thus the bogus and defunct bodies have manipulated their way in to the 12thPress council, contravening the law, rules and procedures, but the genuine journalists organization like Indian Journalists Union, which fulfils all requirements, has been arbitrarily kept out.
National Executive Committee came to conclusion that the entire recognition of claimant organization smack of secrecy and darkness with a view to favoring some individual and denying its due to the Indian Journalists Union for representation in" the Press Council of India. The Press Council with representatives of dubious organizations can hardly fulfill its lofty aims and objectives. Because of these reasons the authority of Press Council has considerably declined in the few years. So long its composition remains questionable; it will hardly inspire anybody that it is observing lofty norms of journalism.
The Indian Journalists union is a victim of conspiracy. Union is aggrieved of the manner in which Press Council is now being reconstituted, violating its own statutory rules, which was widely published in various newspapers, regarding procedure for the reorganization of Working journalists organizations seeking representation in the 12th Press Council. I.J.U. will not tolerate this injustice. I.J.U will fight it out at all forum untill get justice.
We demand both from Press Council of India as well as Union Information & Broadcasting Ministry to give recognition to the Indian Journalists Union headed by Akhouri Suresh Prasad (Suresh Akhouri) and invite him to submit the panel of names. Also de-recognize the name of S.N.Sinha as president of I.J.U. as the same is illegal and arbitrary.
The IJU further demands removal of other two bodies which have got recognition on the basis of deception bearing Civil Suit no-133/13 restraining K.sreenivas Reddy, S.N.Sinha, D.Amar , Andhra Pradesh Union Of Journalists and others to use the name and seal of Indian Journalists union and the same is still pending in the court and the matter is subjudice before the competent court. The IJU also declared that a case of intra union rivalry is also pending in the Tadepalliguda court (Andhra Pradesh). The declaration was attested by the Notary as required by the P.C.I. The I.J.U. submitted the certified copies of the court proceedings of the Patiala House Court to the P.C.I. with its claim.
The I.J.U Presiden Suresh Akhouri had written a separate letter to the chairman of the Press Council of India on 27.01.2014 and sent by speed post on 30.01 2014 informing him that the civil suit is pending in the Patiala House Court, New Delhi and opposed the nomination of Mr. K. Amarnath in the screening sub – committee formed by the P.C.I, who defected from the I.J.U. and is hostile to genuine and most vibrant organization—I.J.U.
National executive committee firmly believe that Mr. K. Amarnath has manipulated and influenced the committee to take such unethical and illegal decision not to recognize the I.J.U represented by Suresh Akhouri as its president and recognized S.N. Sinha as I.J.U. president which is contrary to law, rules and procedure.
I.J.U. has not been informed as to why it has been kept out. No hearing was ever offered to the I.J.U. despite the claim and representation. The chairman of the Press Council of India did not acknowledge the I.J.U. President letter dated 27.1.2014. Thus the basic principle of natural justice i.e. right to hearing before taking any decision in the matter of I.J.U. has been grossly violated. The silence about the claim and representation to the Press council of India itself speaks of conspiracy and ill- will.
National Executive Committee passed a resolution on the Press Council of India, noted the fact that the information received from the Registrar of Trade Union of N.C.T. Delhi on December 10,2013 through R.T.I. clearly stated that Akhouri Suresh Prasad is the president and M G. Prabhakaran is the General – Secretary of the I.J.U. and it filed audited balance sheets also. Then on what basis Press Council of India recognized the Indian Journalists Union (S.N.Sinha, President) which is not even a registered body. S.N.Sinha has never been president of I.J.U. and he has illegally proclaimed himself as the president of I.J.U and more over a civil suit is pending in the Patiala House Court, New Delhi. The resolution said that the Press council of India illegally recognized S.N.Sinha as president of I.J.U. Thus it has lost its credibility.
The resolution further said that the Press Council of India recognized two bodies – Press Association, New Delhi and Working News Cameramen's Association. They do not represent journalists of all categories. They are sectional. Press Association represent only special correspondents based in New Delhi and News cameramen's Association represent only.
IJU's Tarn Taran Resolution - March, 6 & 7, 2014
Resolution On Disruptive activities of the defected persons of the I.J.U.
The Indian Journalists Union (I.j.U.) National Council Meeting held at Tarn Taran (Punjab) on 6th & 7th March ,2014, took stock of the journalists movement in the country and the disruptive role played by the defected persons of the I.j.U. While expressed its happiness with great satisfaction the commendable work done by the I.J.U. to energetic the movement ans push forward it . On the other hand those who defected from the main stream of I.J.U almost more than four years ago are fully involved through their nefarious activities to weaken the movement and break and divide the unity of I.J.U. and its affiliated mighty state unions.
Firstly, they under the influence the news paper barons defected from the I.j.U to weaken it and to derail the movement.
Secondly, they used all short of tactics to break it by offering posts and other facilities to its leaders. But they completely failed in their efforts.
The National Council feels proud that all its leaders and all its affiliated state unions are firm and united and fighting the move of defected persons of Andhra Pradesh and few individual to capture the I.j.U. with back door manipulation. They have a lot of money and they are using it to attract the journalists but nobody is entering in their clutches .On the hand we have a support of over whelming journalists community and that is our asset.
Every journalists knows the I.j.U. efforts in the formation of Majithia Wage Boards and to achieve its awards. We were in the struggle and they were not seen any where near the agitations . We were fighting the case in the Supreme Court to save Wage Boards Award and they were fighting among themselves and the result was that in Tamilnadu, on the union which they are depending on more .divided into three—four groups and each one is claiming its registration.
From the last four years it is more that clear that we have a support of over whelming majority. But they are using the name and seal of I.j.U. We have filled a civil suit in the Patiala House Court, New Delhi for restraining S.N.Sinha ,D,amar ,k.Sreenivas Reddy , Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists and Tamil Nadu Union of Journalists to use the name and seal of I.j.U. After a great efforts evidence was led from our side and opposition parties started cross examining our witnesses. Defense advocate cross examined Mr Kamlesh Kumar Singh ,president Bihar Working Journalists Union on 16.8.2012. The court listed the case for further cross examination of Mr Kmlesh Kumar Singh and other witnesses on 28.09.2012.
But after the 16.08.2012 cross examination they are trying to derail and delay the court proceeding by rasing one after another objections and filling objections in the court. The dendants seeking adjournment on the ground that their council is not available and busy in another court. When again they seek adjournment on the same ground, the hon'ble court giving last opportunity for argument on pending application ( our case) subject to cost of Rs 2000/--- to be paid to the plaintiff . The plaintiff is I.j.U. only.
The defected persons are totally exposed. They have no right to use the name and seal of the I.j.U.. We were marching ahead , nobody can stop us ,because we were on right path based on struggle and fight to protect the rights and honour of the journalists as well as other news paper employees.
The historical Supreme Court judgement on the Wage Boards infused in our blood a fresh energy and determinations.
Resolution Nomination in Central Press Accreditation Committee of a defected person of I.J.U.
National Council Meeting of the Indian Journalists Union (IJ.U.) held at Tarn Taran (Punjab) on 6th & 7th March , 2014 adopted a resolution condemning the nomination of a defected person of the I.J.U. in the Central Press Accreditation Committee by the Union Information & Broadcasting Ministry in the name of I.J.U. is a clear violation of all norms and ethics just to denigrate the I.J.U. in the eyes of journalists community.
The resolution said that the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry was well aware that the defected group of IJU is illegally using the name and seal of the I.J.U. we have filled a civil suit bearing no.133 of 2011 titled as " INDIAN JOURNALISTS UNION VERSES SHRINIVAS REDDY AND OTHERS " pending in the court of Shri AshuGargLD. ASCJ/JSCC/MM, in the Patiala House Court, New Delhi, to restrain them to use the seal of IJU. The civil suit is still pending in the court.
Much before the nomination we have duly informed the Press Information Bureau about the court cases and on the request of the P.I.B. We have submitted the entire certified copies of the proceeding of the court. But we did not receive any communication either from the P.I.B. or from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
Suddenly we have found that one Mr. Getartha Pathak, from the defected group of I.J.U. nominated in the C.P.A.C. as a member in the name of IJ.U. by the Union Information & Broadcasting Ministry. Mr. Pathak is not a member of the I.J.U. He belongs to the group which defected from the I.J.U., and a civil suit is pending in the Patiala House Court, New Delhi. Fully knowing that the matter is sub-judice as the case is still pending in the court, even then the ministry nominated Mr. Pathak in the C.P.A.C. and more surprisingly in the name of I.J.U.
The National Council demands that the Ministry immediately withdraw Mr. Pathak from the C.P.A.C and restore the prestige of I.J.U thestrongest journalistsunion in the country having 24 affiliated state union in its fold.
The I.J.U further demands that those officers responsible for this unethical acts must be punished.
Press Council Of India and IJU
The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) has once again won nominations to three seats in the Press Council of India. This is for the third time in a row that three representatives of the IJU have had the honour of being nominated as members of the Press Council.
The IJU representatives who have been nominated members of the Council for the next three-year term, according to the Government of India Gazette notification of February 7, 2008, are IJU Secretary General K. Srinivas Reddy, veteran West Bengal IJU leader Mihir Ganguly and Com G. Prabhakaran of the Kerala Journalists Union. The other four members of the next Press Council in the category of working journalists other than editors, too, belong to organisations having close ties with the IJU. They are Mr S N Sinha and Mr Joginder Chawla of the Working News Cameramen Association (WNCA) and Mr Ajith Kumar and Mr Kalyan Barooah of the Press Association. No other working journalists’ organisation has found any place on the Press Council this time again.
With all the seven Press Council members in the category of working journalists other than editors belonging to the IJU, WNCA and press association. It becomes a duty of all IJU activists to actively participate in all Press Council-sponsored activities and help all journalists in availing of its protection in the discharge of their duties.
M. Chalapathi Rao honoured
A statue of the late M. Chalapathi Rao, one of the “greats” of Indian journalism and founding leaders of the working journalist movement in the country, was unveiled at M. Chalapathi Rao Nagar Journalist Colony in Hyderabad on Dec 30, 2007 by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Chandrashekhar Reddy. A galaxy of Indian journalists attending the unveiling ceremony, which marked the beginning of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ). Those who attended the function included IJU Secretary General K Sreenivas Reddy and Andhra Pradesh Press Academy Chairman D Amar who is Chairman of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations Committee, IJU Secretary Mr. K Amarnath APUWJ President Mr. D. Somasundar, General Secretary Mr. Y Narender Reddy And L.S Hardenia.
NC meeting at Bodh Gaya
Bihar working journalists union decided to host IJU`s National council meeting at Bodh Gaya in the second week of June 2008
IJU NEC Meeting at Ambaji
A two-day meeting of the
National Executive Committee of the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) was held at
Ambaji in Gujarat on 6-7 Dec. 2007. IJU president Suresh Akhouri, presided
over the meting, which was hosted by Gujarat Journalists Union. The meeting
adopted two resolutions. Through one resolution NEC views with serious concern
the dilatory tactics are being employed by Union Labor Ministry mandarins in
dealing with and deciding/ settling the matters relating to the working of the
Wage Boards for Working Journalists and Non-journalist Newspaper and News
Agency Employees. These dilatory tactics show a clear nexus between the
employers and Ministry officials for they are obviously intended to delay the
functioning of the Boards at every stage in order to scuttle, even sabotage,
their working. There seems to be an obvious design to deny both journalist and
non-journalist employees of newspapers and news agencies of the long overdue
revision of their wage and salary structures.
While NEC strongly condemn such dilatory tactics and call upon the Government to eschew these and play ball. Newspaper employees will not be satisfied just with the lollipop of the setting up of the Wage Boards. In case the Government does not give up its obstructionist tactics and take immediate action to add the question of Interim Relief in the terms of reference of the two Wage Boards, we shall be left with no alternative but to launch a direct struggle for justice.
Through other resolution the NEC strongly condemns the repression of Pakistan’s media by the Musharraf regime and expresses its complete solidarity with the Pakistani journalists who are struggling against all odds to support the cause of democracy in their country. IJU salute the journalists, lawyers and other democratic forces of Pakistan who are fighting for the withdrawal of the Emergency imposed by General Musharraf and fully support their cause.
NEC also support wholeheartedly the Charter of Demands adopted by the neighboring country’s journalist community on November 30 seeking removal of all restrictions on the freedom of expression and right to information and withdrawal of the repressive ordinances and codes introduced since November 3 last. IJU is that Pakistan’s journalists will come out victorious in their struggle.
The National Council Meeting of the IJU will held at Bodh Gaya in the month of Feb.-Mar. 2008. to be hosted by Bihar Working Journalists Union. Regional conference of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, kerala, Karnataka, Maharastra, Goa & Puducherry will be held at Tirupati in the month of March. 2008. hosted by Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists.
IJU first regional conference at Agartala
The north east states first regional conference of IJU was held at Agartala (Tripura) on September 16, 2007. the IJU President Suresh Akhouri inaugurated the conference. The concluding session of the IJU regional conference and the state conference of Tripura Journalist Union held on next day, on September 17, 2007, was attended by Tripura chief minister Mr. Maanik Sarkar and leader of opposition in the assembly Ratan Lal Nath, the IJU president , who is also a member of the wage board for working journalist apprised the gathering of the slow progress being made by wage board and expressed great concern, he also regretted that state like Tripura were not providing adequate protection to journalist who were facing threatening situation because of insurgency. Tripura journalist Union President Jayanta Bhattacharya, who was reelected president, drew the attention of the chief minister about the prevailing condition in the state and asks for security and welfare majors for a journalist in the state. IJU NEC member Geetartha Pathak dwelt the problems of the north east journalists, Conference demanded setting for north east states.
IJU again recognized by press council of India, not IFWJ
The Indian Journalists Union
(IJU) and three other journalists union have been recognized by the press
council of India as representative organizations of working journalist in the
country, according to gazette notification dated august 2, 2007.
The Indian Federation Of Working Journalists (IFWJ) has not been recognized as representative body of working journalist this time.
K.B. Pandit (Haryana) and Jayanta Bhattacharya (Tripura ) are members of the newly constituted central press accreditation committee (CPAC) representing Indian Journalists Union
IJU NEC Manali (Himachal Pradesh) Meeting
A two day meeting of the National Executive Committee was held at Manali on july 9-10 ,2007. IJU president Suresh Akhouri presided over the meeting which was hosted by Himachal Pradesh journalists union. The meeting demanded interim relief to 65% to all journalists working in the newspaper in any agency. The meeting was addressed by Himachal Pradesh chief minister Birrbhadra Shing and other minister of the Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh journalists union president Dr. Shashi Bhusan demanded setting up of press academy in the state. IJU secretary general K.Sreenivas Reddy inform the meeting that all constituents of confederation of newspaper and news agencies organization will submit there respective memoranda to the wage board on their own.
OUWJ State Conferance
A two day state conference Orissa union of working journalist was held in Jharusuguba on jluy 28-29 ,2007. About 400 journalists all over the state attended this conference. IJU president Suresh Akhouri inaugurated the two day meet. Orissa minister of Labor and employment Jay Narayan Mishra was the chief guest. Bijoya Kumar Routray was elected president and Ravi Mishra general secretary.
|IJU on the Wage Board For Working Journalists|
The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) has won a great victory after a long struggle. It has succeeded and secured the constitution of the Wage Board for working journalists and getting a place on it as member of Wage Board. IJU President Suresh Akhouri is representing IJU in the Wage Board for the Working Journalists. Former Judge of Kerala High Court and returning Chief Justice of Madras High Court Dr. Justice K. Narayan Kurup is the Chairman of the Wage Board.
|Sikkim & Himachal Pradesh Journalist Union joins IJU|
Sikkim Journalist Union & Himachal Pradesh Journalist Union joined the Indian Journalists Union. With this the number of IJU affiliated state unions increased to 26.
Delegate/Plenary Session At Sirsa (Haryana) - 9-11 Feb 2007
The three day delegate/plenary
session of the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) was held at Sirsa (Haryana)
on 9-11 February 2007. It was hosted by Haryana Patrakar Sangh. Mr. Suresh
Akhouri presided over the session, which was inaugurated by Haryana Chief
Minister Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda on 9th Evening. A.I.C.C. General Secretary
Mr. Janardan Dwivedi and C.P.I. Secretary Mr. D. Raja were the chief guest.
The concluding session on 11th February was addressed by Union Textile Minister
Mr. Shankar Sinh Vaghela, Chairman of Press Council of Indian Justice G. N.
Ray and Haryana Finance Minister Mr. Virendra Singh. In his presidential address
Mr. Akhouri called upon for broader unity of working journalists and other
newspaper employees at all level and said that only such unity will help us
win our struggle and defeat the concerted attack of the employees on the working
journalists and other organized contingent of the working class.
Secretary General Mr. K. Sreenivas Reddy in his report said that victimization and harassment of the Journalists would not be tolerated. He called upon the state union to take upon all such cases vigorously. He also demanded setting of Media commission and amendments in the working journalists act.
Session started with the
formal announcement of unanimous election of Mr. Suresh Akhouri and Mr. K.
Sreenivas Reddy as President and General Secretary respectively of Indian
Journalists Union, which was greeted with standing ovation.
Mr. D. S. Ravindra Doss
(Tamil Nadu) and Mr. Sunil Das (West Bengal) were elected vice presidents
of IJU at Sirsa Plenary Session. The other office bearers are:
Secretaries: Mr. Madan Singh (Delhi), Mr. K. Amarnath (Andhra Pradesh), Mr. Vinod Kohli (Chandigarh) and Mr. Kamlesh Kumar Singh(Bihar).
Treasurers: Mr. K. B. Pandit (Haryana).
NEC Members: Mr. Geetartha Pathak (Assam), Mr. Arun Kumar (Bihar), Mr. Bijoy K. Routray (Orissa), Mr. M. A. Mazid (Andhra Pradesh), Mr. Jayant Bhattacharya (Tripura), Mr. G. K. Stalin (Tamil Nadu), Mr Mohammed Asgar (Bihar) and Mr. Bhikhabhai Deojibhai Prajapati (Gujrat).