KPC starts welfare fund for journalists amid economic crisis

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Srinagar: Amidst as the world heads towards an economic crisis similar to the Great Depression, unemployment rate are expected to shoot up across the globe. And neither Kashmir is immune to it nor the local media industry.

To mitigate the crisis, Kashmir Press Club (KPC) has come up with an initiative to raise the funds for journalists financially affected by the lockdown.

In a statement issues, the Club has said that the funds will be at the disposal of all the journalists of Kashmir, irrespective of whether he [or she] is a member or not. However, for a non-member, two bonafide members of the Club should recommend the name.

“We will try to help our associates with an amount for basic sustenance,” said the statement. “As a first step KPC management has decided to dedicate Rs 1 Lakh from its account for this welfare fund.”

“We are also raising an appeal for donations within the journalist community of Kashmir to help build this as a corpus fund to deal with this situation,” added the Club’s statement. “You can donate even an amount as small as Rs 100 to this cause.”

However, before disbursal, the KPC management committee would be well within its rights to scrutinize the requests and before taking a final call, stated the Club.

Also, the statement said, only those members would be eligible to draw from the fund who have had no source of income during this pandemic period or are facing serious hardships to sustain themselves or are dependents.

The Club would be giving a token amount of 3,000 rupees per month during the pandemic period.

“You can either directly contact management committee including President Shuja-ul-Haq, Vice-President Moazum Mohammad, General Secretary Ishfaq Tantry and Treasurer Farooq Javed Khan or simply register your name with KPC Manager Sajad Ahmad (9858394209) or Manager Accounts Yamen Farooq (7006296204),” reads the statement.

The statement also shared the bank details for donations:

Bank details:

Account Name: Kashmiri Press Club Welfare Fund

Account No: SB/1112040100003880

IFSC Code: JAKA0POLOVW

MICR Code: 190051050

Bank Name: J&K Bank (Polo View), Srinagar J&K

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