Bhubaneswar, Nov 28:
The state government has formed a high level committee to look into the 7-point charter of demands of the working journalists.
A 10-member delegation of the working journalists had a meeting with chief minister Naveen Patnaik a the State Secretariat here on Wednesday to present their set of demands.
Assuring the delegation that the government would take steps soon to fulfill their demands, the chief minister directed the concerned authorities to form a high-level committee for this purpose.
The committee, headed by chief secretary JK Mohapatra, has additional chief secretary and development commissioner Injeti Srinivas, additional chief secretary, Finance UN Behera as members and secretary I&PR PK Jena as the convener.
“The committee will take an early decision after discussing with the working journalists”, I&PR minister Arun Kumar Sahu told reporters after the meeting.
Later in the evening, the working journalists had an emergency meeting at the Secretariat press lounge to discuss their future course of action. It was during this meeting that I&PR minister Sahu appeared to announce the formation of the committee and requested the journalists to withdraw their proposed agitation.
The working journalists decided to postpone their agitation for a week in view of the formation of the high level committee to look into their charter of demands.
However, they warned that they would resort to agitation if the government fails to take a final decision on their demands within a week.