The Maharashtra government today approved construction of a memorial for Balshastri Jambhekar, considered pioneer of Marathi journalism, at his native place in the coastal Konkan region.
Jambhekar had started the Marathi newspaper "Darpan" in 1832.
The state government has also accorded an in-principle approval for constructing memorial of Baburao Vishnu Paradkar, eminent Hindi editor and journalist, in his native village in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, an official said.
Mumbai Press Club, which had been demanding such a measure and had met the chief minister in this regard, expressed happiness over the decision.
In the monsoon session of the state legislature held at Nagpur last month, the state government had tabled supplementary demand of Rs 15 crore for the implementation of a pension scheme, called Acharya Balshastri Jambhekar Sanman Yojana, for senior journalists in the state.
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