Indian Express journalist wins Prem Bhatia Award for political reporting

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By: Express News Service|New Delhi |

Released: August 1, 2020 6: 15: 30 am





Dipankar Ghose

The Indian Express Unique Reporter Dipankar Ghose has won the Prem Bhatia Award for political reporting for his work on issues associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, including the migrant labour crisis.

While Ghose won the award for the category of reporting on political problems, the award for reporting on ecological and development issues was provided to individuals’s Archive of Rural India (PARI), a journalism website dedicated to reporting on rural India.

The Prem Bhatia Memorial Trust, which gives the awards for exceptional journalism, stated in a news release that Ghose has been awarded “for his coverage of the migrant labour crisis and other Covid-19 related problems”.

Apart from reporting on the concern of migrant labour strolling back hundreds of kilometres to their house towns throughout the lockdown, Ghose also reported a series of stories from Bhagalpur in Bihar for over a month starting mid-June to understand the impacts of the pandemic and the lockdown in small-town India.

On July 6, Ghose reported about the kids of Musahari tola, a Mahadalit colony in Badbilla village, who had actually turned to rag-picking and asking after the mid-day meal scheme, which guaranteed one steady meal a day, came to a stop as schools were closed.

Bearing in mind of the report within hours of it being published, the Bihar federal government released an order to supply rations in addition to money through Direct Advantage Transfer to all school children throughout the state for 80 working days from May to July.

The Patna High Court and the National Human Rights Commission likewise took suo motu cognizance of the report.

While the court directed the state government to ensure that no kid is “pressed into or indulges in any activity of rag selecting or beggary, more so on the account of absence of food”, the NHRC released notifications to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development and Bihar’s chief secretary and pointed out that it was a “serious problem of infraction of human rights”, demanding a reply within four weeks.

The Prem Bhatia Award to PARI “collectively for its army of field reporters, volunteers and its dedicated group which sifts and releases information”, journalism release stated, is “for its comprehensive field reports, including environment modification effects and the impact of the pandemic on rural India”. PARI’s founder editor P Sainath has actually likewise won the award previously.

The trust had set up the awards in 1995 in the memory of journalist Prem Bhatia, who died that year. “The primary goal of the Trust is to propagate the values that Prem Bhatia stood for: objective reporting, courageous pursuit of the reality and a commitment to enhancing the standards of journalism in India,” the release stated.

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