S. Sabanayakan of Eastern Chronicle and Sekhar Sengupta of Dainik Statesman were elected as the President and the General Secretary respectively of the 97-year-old Indian Journalists’ Association (IJA) at its annual general meeting held at Press Club, Kolkata, on Sunday, March 31, 2019.
Sabanayakan, who headed the organisation for three years from 2013 to 2015, returned to the helm after he was elected unopposed last year. For veteran trade union leader Sekhar Sengupta, this would be his eighth stint in the office of the General Secretary. In between he was the President for two years.
Supriyo Bandyopadhyay of Sambad Pratidin stayed as the treasurer for the second term.
Sudipta Sengupta and Tarak Nath Roy were retained as vice-presidents. Debasish Das was retained as the secretary for the second year running.
Krishna Das Parth of Rajasthan Patrika came in as one of the two assistant secretaries. Abdul Odud of Kalam retained his post.
President: S. Sabanayakan (Eastern Chronicle)
General Secretary: Sekhar Sengupta (Dainik Statesman)
Vice-Presidents: Sudipta Sengupta (Freelance) & Tarak Nath Roy (Purbakshan)
Secretary: Debasish Das (Dainik Statesman)
Assistant Secretaries: Krishna Das Parth (Rajasthan Patrika) & Abdul Odud (Kalam)
Treasurer: Supriyo Bandyopadhyay (Sambad Pratidin)
Tapas Ghosh (The Telegraph), Amitabha Das Sharma (The Hindu), Kamlesh Pandey (Sanmarg), Purnendu Chakraborty (Dainik Statesman), Debasis Chowdhury (Amar Kagaz), Shyamal Mukherjee (Sukhabar), Jagannath Bhowmick (Sambad Prabhati), Jayanta Dutta (Aaj Kaal Parshu), Aminur Rahman (Sambad), Tapesh Kumar Basu (Halfil), Aditya Narayan Choudhury (Khabar Aaj Kaal Parsu), Ghoshai Chandra Das (Khas Samachar), Rabin Chatterjee (Srijani Samay), Rana Mukherjee (Jatir Katha) and Sukhendu Acharya (AAjkaal).
Jharna Dhar (Chaturanga), Sujit Bhowmick (ETV), Mohammed Wajid (Aabshar), Prasenjit Dutta (Radar), Shyamal Naskar (Lok Manas).