In talk with Secretary of Agartala Press Club (APC), Pranab Sarkar

By Our Correspondent

What are the steps taken by the Agartala Press club in the covid times?

The Agartala Press Club (APC) has been closely monitoring the spread of this novel coronavirus or COVID-19. The safety and security of our members, guests, and staff has been and will always be our top priority.

However, as a part of precaution, the Agartala Press Club has distributed masks and sanitizers among the people and also conducted four vaccination drives in a fight against the deadly virus.  

APC, the apex body of all media organizations in Tripura, in collaboration with the state's health department, has so far organized four vaccination camps, besides holding special camps in all the districts across the state.

The journalists' body has also distributed masks and sanitizers among media personnel across the state as part of precautionary measures.

How many journalists and their families have taken vaccination till date?

Above 92 percent of journalists, including their family members, hawkers in Tripura have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during the four special vaccination drives conducted by the Agartala Press Club in collaboration with the state health department.

There are more than 250 members of the press club here, and 750 more scribes are working in districts.

It has been 4 years that Sudip Datta Bhowmik and Santanu Bhowmik have been killed. Why there is so much delay in the case?

Speaking on Sudip Datta Bhowmik and Santanu Bhowmik murder case status, Agartala Press Club, secretary Pranab Sarkar said that The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has named five policemen as accused in the murder of Tripura journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik.

The CBI has filed a charge sheet and the trial will begin soon.

However, there is no much progress in Santanu Bhowmik murder case; movement is restricted amid the pandemic situation.   I am not satisfied with the work progress on the Santanu Bhowmik murder case.  I have talked with Advocate General. I have also written a letter to CJ demanding fast track trial on the case. I have also drawn the attention of PCI to the matter.

What is the state government activity according to you in both the journalist murder case?

The incumbent government has handed over the investigation to the CBI. I am totally satisfied with the move of the Government into the case so far. The government has performed its role well as CBI is an independent body it now depends on them how they will progress the case further.

Back in 2020, there were talks regarding the full press club to be wifi zone done by JIO Company?

Bracing for better connectivity, Devices of JIO, GTPL is already installed and the connection will be launched at any moment.  The move assumes significance as this will better the digital connectivity. Work is in progress for opening a media center.

Do all sub-division Journalists have taken vaccination?

Over 92 percent of journalists and media personnel have been vaccinated through several camps organized across the state.

What are the future initiatives of the Agartala Press Club?

We are fulfilling all the commitments we made during the elections. The present management has chalked out a plan of action for broadening its horizons in the coming days.