Journalists Enter Odisha State Secretariat after 4 Years of Restriction

However, no official order for journalists’ entry.

Bhubaneswar: The newly sworn-in BJP government in Odisha allowed journalists to enter the Lok Sabha Bhavan (State Secretariat) after four long years following the inauguration of the Chief Minister and Cabinet. This decision lifted the previous restrictions imposed due to COVID-19, which had limited access to only officially authorized media representatives.

Approximately 200 media workers, who attended the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday, were escorted inside the Secretariat by the State Information and Public Relations Department. However, upon entering the main gate (No-3), they were initially stopped by security personnel at the main building gate of the secretariat, leading to a brief altercation.

After finally being allowed, the reporters waited downstairs to collect news related to the Cabinet meeting and to take responses from the new CM Mohan Majhi, Deputy CM KV Singh Deo and Pravati Parida. However, there was no statutory announcement or government order permitting journalists to enter the Lok Sabha Bhavan still, the excitement of the journalists was palpable on the first day of the BJP government.

The previous government had restricted journalists’ access to Lok Sabha Bhawan in March 2020 and paid no heed despite repeated demands against it. On Thursday afternoon, CM Majhi personally went to meet the journalists attending the swearing-in ceremony of the state’s first BJP government at Janata Maidan.

The BJP, while in opposition, had repeatedly demanded in the assembly that media representatives should be allowed into the Lok Sabha Bhavan. Upon forming the government, they fulfilled this demand, a decision that has been welcomed by various journalists’ associations and working journalists.

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