New Delhi : Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ) will commemorate its 65th foundation day on 28th October at Jantar Mantar. IFWJ Secretary General Parmanand Pandey said that it is India's oldest journalists' organization. It was formed under a Banyan tree on 28th October 1950 at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. Its first president was the renowned journalist and the then Editor of the National Herald M. Chelapathi Rau. Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru was the first to write a cheque for Rs. 100/- in favour of Indian Federation of Working Journalists, which demonstrated his desire for an organisation of the journalists, which could work for their economic and professional betterment.He added that the IFWJ is credited to have constituted the First Press Commission under the Chairmanship of Justice G.C. Rajyadhyasha in 1952, which submitted its report in 1954. As per the recommendations of the First Press Commission, the Parliament of India enacted the Working Journalist Act in 1955. It has the glorious record of championing the cause of the working journalists. The IFWJ has resolved that on the 65th anniversary the demand for expanding the ambit of the Working Journalist Act, so that those working for electronic media could be brought into its fold. Countrywide struggle for implementation of the Majithia Award will be intensified. Similar meetings will be organised in other State capitals and major media centres of the country.
IFWJ to Commemorate 65th Foundation Day on 28th Octobar