All most all the delegates who attended the National Executive Committee Meeting of the Indian Journalists Association, New Delhi, were full of praise for the host IJA and it’s Bardhaman District Unit.
Though the attendance was a bit thin, the meeting did serve it’s purpose to take some key decisions.
Speaking before the members, special invitee and one of the founder-members of the IJU, Shri Suresh Akhouri, said that the IJA was hosting a national level meeting after three decades. He praised the role of IJA President, S. Sabanayakan, efforts of Vice-president, Tarak Nath Roy and the support of General Secretary, Sekhar Sengupta in organising the two-day meeting.
Indian Journalists’ Association, an affiliated state unit of Indian Journalists Union, New Delhi, organised the meeting at Bardhaman, district HQ of East Bardhaman district, on January 22-23, 2020. Many NEC members and Presidents and Secretaries of state unions attended the meeting.
IJA, which was established in 1922, will soon celebrate its 100th year in 2022.
The IJU NEC meeting was inaugurated by Shri Sukumar Hansda, deputy speaker, West Bengal Legislative Assembly. Shri Swapan Debnath, minister of state, Depts of Animal Resources Development (Independent Charge) and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and Textiles (Tex. & HL), Government of West Bengal, was the special guest.
Among the dignitaries from IJU, the prominent ones who attended the NEC meeting were President Shri BR Prajapati (Gujarat), Secretary General Shri G. Prabhakaran (Kerala), Special invitee and former President, Shri Suresh Akhouri ( Delhi), Vice-president Shri Vinod Kohli (Chandigarh-Punjab), National Secretary Shri Unniraja Vikraman (Kerala).
From the host side President IJA and National Secretary, Shri S. Saba Nayakan, General Secretary Shri Sekhar Sengupta and NEC member Shri Tarak Nath Roy, IJA Secretary Debashis Das, IJA Bardhaman District Unit President Shri Debabrata Chatterjee and General Secretary Shri Mithilesh Roy attended the meeting.
On the occasion of Netaji’s birthday on January 23, the NEC meeting was preceded by celebrating Netaji’s birth anniversary. President Prajapati unfurled the National flag and Secretary Prabhakaran garlanded a picture of Netaji following which the gathering sang the national anthem.