Raipur: New Accreditation Rules made for working journalists in the state are effective now after being notified in Chhattisgarh Gazette. As per the vision of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, accreditation rules have been extended and now block-level newspaper representatives will also be provided accreditation by Directorate of Public Relations. Likewise, the provision of honorary accreditation to retired senior journalists of state has also been included in the new set of accreditation rules.
Previously accreditation Rules made in year 2001 after formation of Chhattisgarh state were effective. But in past 18 years, media sector has undergone major transformation. Meanwhile, many TV news channels, news web portals etc came into existence, bringing about major change in work environment. To make accreditation rules relevant and suitable for the current scenario and to acknowledge the role of new news media, major changes have been made in the accreditation rules as per directions of Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel. New Accreditation Rules include the provision of accreditation for correspondents, photographers and cameraman of TV news channels, news portals, news magazines etc, besides newspapers.
Like before, state and division-level accreditation will be responsible for providing accreditation to news media representatives. But clear provisions have been made to include electronic media representatives in accreditation committees. It is hoped that with implementation of the new accreditation rules, the long lasting complaint of news media representatives for not getting accreditation will be resolved.