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Restrictions imposed on media inside Odisha Secretariat

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sept 19:

The Odisha government on Thursday imposed a number of restrictions on the free movement of media persons, including TV crews, in the ministers’ corridor and entry into the ministers’ chambers at the State Secretariat.

A decision to this effect, taken by the General Administration department, came following a request made by Revenue minister Bijayshree Routray to the state chief secretary GC Pati.

As per the decision, TV crews would not be allowed to enter into the ministers’ corridor of the Secretariat with cameras and booms.

As per the new regulations, media persons would be allowed to record the statements of ministers at the portico at the main entrance of the Secretariat.

Besides, like other guests, the scribes will now have to show their identity cards to the security personnel before entering into the ministers’ corridor.

If a journalist wants to meet with a minister, he/she has to take the help of the public relations officer (PRO) of the concerned minister.

It may be mentioned here that the crews of some TV news channels had a scuffle with the Revenue minister at his office chamber in the Secretariat on September 15.

Following the incident, the minister had written a letter to the chief secretary to regulate the entry of media persons into ministers’ chambers.