CM Jairam Thakur invites all journalists to cover PM Modi's event in Himachal tomorrow, 'character certificates' order withdrawn

After the cancellation of his final rally in the state that was scheduled for September 24 in Mandi due to poor weather, everyone will be eyeing the PM's day-long visit tomorrow.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Tuesday, October 04, 2022, 04:13 PM IST
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CM Jairam Thakur invites all journalists to cover PM Modi's event in Himachal tomorrow, withdraws 'character certificates' order | ANI

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur on Tuesday evening invited all journalists to cover Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit tomorrow.

He stated that the district administration's latest order that all journalists must produce a character certificate for access and security passes to cover the PM's event, has been withdrawn after it stirred a fresh controversy.

While speaking to ANI, he said, "I invite all journalists to cover PM's visit to the state on October 5. We've withdrawn official order and sought explanation from issuing official."

The development comes after the cancellation of his final rally in the state that was scheduled for September 24 in Mandi due to poor weather. Everyone will be eyeing the PM's day-long visit tomorrow.

Earlier, not just the privately-owned print, digital, and news television journalists, even state-run media representatives such as All Indian Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan were asked to carry 'character verification' certificate. An official notification was issued by the police on September 29 on the issue.

The notification had asked the District Public Relations Officer (DPRO) to supply a list of all press correspondents, photographers, videographers, and Doordarshan and AIR teams along with "a certificate of their character verfication'.

The notification read, "The certificate of character verification may be supplied to the office of Deputy Superintendent of Police, CID, Bilaspur by October 1, 2022 positively. Their access within the rally or meeting will be decided by this office."

The chief spokesperson of the Himachal Congress committee, Naresh Chauhan, condemned the administration's demand, by saying that the move was against the freedom of the media.

The Prime Minister is set to address a public meeting in Himachal's Bilaspur, and inaugurate campus of the AIIMS. He will further participate in the Kullu Dussehra celebrations.

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