Mamata Banerjee inaugurating the platinum jubilee celebrations at Kolkata Press Club on 23 July 2019.
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Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has proposed bringing a legislation to safeguard the jobs of journalists in Bengal.

This comes at a time when several media houses in Kolkata have retrenched journalists unceremoniously in the last few years on the pretext of cost-cutting.

They include Hindustan Times, which shutdown its Kolkata edition altogether, and the Anandabazar Group, which has been handing out pink slips to journalists for the last two years and counting.

“You people highlight and write about job losses in other sectors but your own job is at stake these days. Media houses suddenly shut operations or are retrenching journalists at whims.”

“We have decided to bring a legislation to ensure job security of journalists so that they are not robbed of livelihood,” the Chief Minister announced on Tuesday 23 July at the inauguration of platinum jubilee celebrations of Kolkata Press Club.

She asked the Press Club to constitute a technical committee to draft the framework for the proposed legislation. “We will then finalise and push it in the state Assembly.”

The Chief Minister also announced that the government has allotted a 3.5-cottah plot near Ruby Hospital on EM Bypass to the Press Club for constructing a permanent campus.

“We are also ready to allot 10-cottach land at Rajarhat for a housing project for journalists. If this suits you people, then you better build 3BHK flats there and not something congested,” she said, adding that Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority will extend soft loans for the project.