Senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra on Thursday raked up the issue of restrictions clamped by the Odisha government on the entry of journalists into Lok Seva Bhawan. While raising the issue in the Odisha Assembly, Mishra demanded that the state government should make free entry provision for the journalists.
During the Zero Hour, the senior Congress leader further demanded that the Odisha government should implement a pension scheme for the journalists like the provision made by other states.
Senior journalist, Sandeep Sahu said, “I thank the Congress leader for raising the issue in the Odisha Assembly. The Odisha government has clamped restrictions on the entry of journalists citing the Covid pandemic. Later, it was learned that Covid was only an alibi and the state government did not want journalists to enter Lok Seva Bhawan and know about the inside information about the government.”
Sahu further said that there is no such restriction in any part of the country. “Already there has been a delay in lifting the ban as the state government claims to be transparent. Hence, there is another reason to justify the ban. If the state government wants it can also implement pension scheme for journalists. Many journalists in the state do not have any financial security after retirement,” said Sahu.