Home Ministry : Yearly police verification of journalists must

09b0ac7e_2455960fNEW DELHI: Departing from the past practice, the Home Ministry is now insisting that journalists accredited with the Press Information Bureau (PIB) will have to get their police verification done every year for renewal.
The Home Ministry has asked PIB to ensure that all government-accredited journalists, numbering over 2,500, must have police verification at the time of yearly renewal of their official card, which gives them uninterrupted access to various ministries and departments.
The move is said to be fallout of Petroleum Ministry’s espionage case, in which classified documents were allegedly leaked by ministry staffers to several corporates.“As per the agreed procedure for endorsing of MHA validation on press identity cards issued to media personnel for enabling their entry into the government buildings under MHA security cover, the agreed procedure is that PIB would seek prior approval of Chief Security Officer, MHA for making these endorsements.
“These endorsements are also to be made after police verification of the concerned media personnel on yearly basis,” the Home Ministry said in a communication to the PIB.The Home Ministry conveyed that it has been observed that the police verification procedure has not been followed before making endorsements of the Chief Security Officer of the MHA on Press Identity Cards issued in 2015.

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