Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Wednesday announced that his government would soon introduce a pension scheme for working scribes in the state.

He was gracing the celebration of the golden jubilee by Mizoram Journalists’ Association (MJA), which is the umbrella body of all working journalists in the state.

Speaking at the event held in Aizawl, Zoramthanga said that his government is giving priority to the welfare of journalists and would soon introduce a pension scheme to benefit them.

He said that the proposed pension scheme, which is the long-standing aspiration of journalists, is under process.

“The proposed pension scheme for journalists is under process. I believe it is not a burden for the government to give pensions to the scribes. We would soon introduce it to benefit them,” Zoramthanga said adding that his government has been making massive efforts to promote and assist the scribes.

Lauding the journalists for their role in shaping public opinion and amending the government, the chief minister said that they have an important responsibility to promote and safeguard the reputation of Mizoram and expose its culture, religion and society outside the state. 

“The picture and reputation of Mizoram, its society, culture, religion and the people depend on how the journalists present them through their writings,” he said.

The former rebel leader turned politician also said that journalists play an important role in showing the right path to the government. 

He urged the scribes to publish only authentic news and focus on constructive journalism in order to educate the people because misuse of mass media can give rise to hatred among neighbourhoods, villages and countries.

The event was also graced by state information and public relations minister Lalruatkima and information and public relations department director Lallianpuii.

MJA was established on March 23, 1972 with former Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla as founder president and C Chhunbura, editor of Hmar Arsi as the vice president.

The lone scribe body in the state has been celebrating its 50 years of existence since January 9 with a jubilee torch lighting ceremony in the presence of Lal Thanhawla at its headquarters in Aizawl.

The association will also hold a general conference on Thursday to elect its new office bearers for 2022-2024.

At present, there are now 193 members under MJA across the state.

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