Photographers shut shop and staged protests in districts on Saturday in support of their various demands. Members of the Gulbarga District Photographers’ Association staged a protest outside the Deputy Commissioners’ office.
Association president B.M. Naresh, in a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, demanded that the State government extend social security schemes and health benefits to professional photographers and introduce a special scheme to extend loan facilities at low interest for them.
Mr. Naresh urged the government to issue orders to professional photographers and videographers to cover government functions. The government should direct the district administration to cover the elections by appointing a professional in photography and videography.
He sought suspension of government employees who were running studios and getting photography and videography assignments for government functions. Mr. Naresh sought appointment of a videographer to monitor the closed-circuit television cameras installed in various departments. He urged the government set up a photographers’ welfare fund to help photographers in need of financial help.
In Raichur, photographers and videographers took out a protest march and staged a demonstration outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner.
“Photographers and videographers are living under insecurity as far as their jobs are concerned. With the advent of smartphones with high quality camera that are available at affordable costs, their job security is further hit. The situation is expected to worsen in the days to come. The government should come up with social security schemes for us,” Srinivas Inamdar, a leader of the Raichur District Photographers and Videographers Association, said.
‘Set up photographers’ welfare fund to help those in need of financial assistance’