PIB certification: Journalists’ bodies look for I&B minister’s treatment, flag worries

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By PTI

BRAND-NEW DELHI: Press Club of India and also various other reporters’ bodies have actually prompted the Information and also Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur to provide a regulation for revival of the PIB certification cards of the reporters with no additional hold-up.

In a joint letter to the minister, they have stated that an “inordinate delay” in the yearly handling of revival of the PIB cards has actually created “misgivings” amongst the mediapersons that are doing press insurance coverage of the different ministries of the Union government.

“We request you to issue the necessary directive to the officials concerned and get the PIB accreditation cards renewed without further delay…without the formalities like press clippings, etc,” they stated.

The letter, sent out to the minister by the Press Club of India on Wednesday, has actually been authorized by the Press Association, Indian Women’s Press Corps, Working News Cameramen’s Association and also Delhi Union of Journalist.

Noting that ministry has actually sent out “eligible” media individuals an intimation prolonging the credibility of their PIB certification card to January 31, 2022, the reporters’ bodies stated, “This is perplexing as we are not officially informed of any specific reason for the delay or impediment in the process of PIB Card’s renewal.” 

“We are constrained to read this step of the government as an overt or covert effort to prevent media persons from being kept informed of the government’s viewpoints on news emanating from ministries”.

“It is felt that this move is heedlessly and needlessly aimed at suppressing coverage of news and views gathering, controlling freedom of press and putting undue pressure on correspondents and photographers,” they included.

Drawing the minister’s interest in the direction of the troubles that the recognized reporters might need to encounter as a result of postpone in the revival of their PIB certification cards, the journlaists’ bodies stated a multitude of scribes depend upon the CGHS (main government health and wellness solution) cards for health and wellness centers yet without a legitimate PIB card, their CGHS cards cannot be restored.

“The same applies to Parliament cards (passes) too,” they stated. If the PIB cards are not restored prompt, they stated, it will certainly likewise be “very difficult for the accredited journalists to go for the coverage of the assembly elections to be held soon in five states as the Election Commission (EC) issues passes for the coverage of the polls based on the PIB cards only.”

“As you yourself are considerate to the problems of journalists, we seek your immediate intervention in this matter of renewal of Press Accreditation,” the letter stated, including, “In the absence of a prompt action for renewal of the PIB accreditation, the simmering unrest among accredited media persons could take the form of protests, which all of us would like to avoid.”

Assuming that the government might have postponed the revival procedure “to streamline” the system, the reporters’ bodies prompted the minister to think about getting expansion of the credibility of the PIB cards of the scribes consisting of those recognized under self-employed reporter group till December 31, 2022 to make certain that they proceed do their obligations without “any hassle”.

“By that time, you can also have consultations with the CPAC (central press accreditation committee) and other stakeholders for a larger opinion,” they recommended.

After Independence, the center of the PIB certification card is approved to media individuals, after due examination of the reporters’ qualifications, for allowing their “unhindered” gos to and also accessibility to the government workplaces and also establishments, the reporters’ bodies stated.

At various factors of time, whenever regarded required, the government expanded the step-by-step workability of this center, they underscored.

As and also when, based upon the needs of various organisations, plans were changed for increasing the allocation of certification while the plan manufacturers took the problem to look for the pointers of the CPAC, Press Association and also various other elderly reporters, they stated. “Regrettably, this practice is not being followed now,” they regreted.