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PM assures provincial correspondents::

‘New insurance scheme for journos’

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa assured Matale District Sri Lanka Press Association (SLPA) members on Thursday that he would introduce a new insurance scheme for journalists, as well as take steps to ensure that they receive their salaries on time. The meeting was held at his office in Parliament.

Journalists at the meeting informed the Prime Minister about the challenges faced by provincial correspondents. National Organiser of the National Coalition for Journalists and the Federation of Media Employees’ Trade Unions, Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa, was one of the journalists who spoke about the aforementioned issues.

Ariyadasa said that veteran journalist Karunaratne Gamage from the Polonnaruwa District, who has been paralysed after meeting with an accident, is currently receiving no aid or assistance. He added that several provincial correspondents are faced with such issues.

Ariyadasa also said that there has been delays in then payments of provincial correspondents, and Prime Minister Rajapaksa said that he would see that they receive their salaries on time.

Over 20 journalists, including SLPA Matale District Chairman Gemunu Dharma Sri Herath and SLPA Secretary Mahesh Keerthirathna, as well as Prime Minister’s Coordinating Secretary Kumarasiri Hettige, were also present at this meeting.

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