राज्यपालांंचे आश्‍वासन,टाइम्सकडून दखल

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    पत्रकार हल्ला विरोधी कृती समितीच्या एका शिष्टमंडळाने नुकतीच राज्यपाल सी.विद्यासागर राव याची राजभवनात भेट घेऊन महाराष्ट्रात पत्रकार संरक्षण कायदा करावा अशी आग्रही मागणी केली.कोणताही आडपडदा न ठेवता राज्यपाल महोदयांनी “राज्यात कायदा झाला पाहिजे त्यासाठी आपण राज्याच्या मुख्यमंत्र्यांना लिहिणार अस्लयाचे” स्पष्ट केले.घटनात्मक प्रमुख असलेल्या राज्यपालांची ही स्पष्ट भूमिका आपल्या चळवळीला बळ देणारी आहे हे नक्की.ज्येष्ठ पत्रकार प्रफुल्ल मारपकवार यांनी आजच्या टाइम्स ऑफ इडियातील आपल्या “पब्लिक आय” या वाचकप्रिय कॉलममध्ये या घटनेची दखल घेतली आहे.टाइम्सने हा मुद्दा लाऊन धरणे आम्हाला फार महत्वाचे वाटते.मारपकवार यांचा हा कॉलम अत्यंत लोकप्रिय असून तो राजकारणी,अधिकारी,पत्रकार आवर्जुन वाचतात.आज टाइम्सच्या पुणे आवृत्तीतही हा कॉलम प्रसिध्द झाला आहे.पत्रकार हल्ला विरोधी कृती समिती आणि व्यक्तीशः मी प्रफुल्ल मारपकवार यांचा मनापासून आभारी आहे.
    Guv for scribe law
    For the agitating

    scribes, it was a pleasant surprise
    when governor Vidyasagar
    Rao said he was in favour
    of their demand for a separate
    law for protection of journalists.
    In the wake of the spurt
    in attack on journalists
    across the state as well as in
    Madhya Pradesh and Uttar
    Pradesh, scribes had knocked
    the doors of Raj Bhavan for
    Rao’s support for a stringent
    law. Rao, without any hesitation,
    extended his support to
    the legislation and
    also promised to take it up
    with chief minister Devendra
    Fadnavis. He will soon write
    Chavan back in biz?
    Veteran Congress leader
    Prithviraj Chavan has suddenly
    turned vocal and aggressive
    than ever. During his
    stint as CM, Chavan had
    maintained a discreet silence,
    and at times, also given a successful
    slip to the media on
    crucial issues. But after the
    Congress’s loss in the Lok
    Sabha and state assembly
    polls, Chavan has become
    more active, with his comments
    on crucial issues becoming
    sharp and critical.
    Over the row on police commissioner
    Rakesh Maria’s
    meeting with Lalit Modi, Chavan
    said that he was in the
    dark about the incident despite
    the top cop claiming to
    have followed protocol. Maria
    had reportedly briefed the
    then home minister R R Patil
    and had put it on record in the
    anti-extortion cell. Commenting
    on the Rs 206-crore scam
    involving BJP leader late
    Gopinath Munde’s daughter
    Pankaja, Chavan said that in
    view of the enormity of the
    scam, the probe should be entrusted
    to the CBI. When Pimpri-
    Chinchwad municipal
    commissioner Shikar Pardesi
    was abruptly transferred,
    Chavan had revealed that
    there was immense pressure
    from NCP leader Ajit Pawar.
    to the chief minister to ask
    him to consider the proposal
    at an appropriate forum. For
    the first time, a constitutional
    head of the state has given a
    categorical assurance on the
    demand for the law. Rao said
    since scribes are involved in
    social reforms and are catalysts
    of change, it was essential
    that they work without fear
    and have full freedom. Veteran
    journalist S M Deshmukh
    said that in the past too,
    scribes had called on successive
    governors and chief ministers,
    but there was no assurance.
    Most of the past chief
    ministers have said that it
    was not possible to bring
    in such legislation as
    there were complaints
    against scribes too,
    while Fadnavis too
    has been noncommittal
    in view of a difference
    of opinion among his cabinet colleagues.
    Until now, most governors
    too had been non-committal.
    In fact, rarely do
    governors of states express
    their opinion. But now since
    Rao has set the ball in motion,
    Fadnavis will have no option
    but to act.

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