A Letter from FCC President

Dear Members,:
1. This is my Team’s last month in office. The AGM and elections will be held in the last week of March 2019. Here’s what we have been able to accomplish during the past three years (2016-19), comprising a two-year electedterm (2017-19), and the second year (2016-17) of Jurgen Webermann’s term that handed over the charge to me after one year in office:

2. After much lobbying at the highest level, the Government of India has granted five-year extension that allows the FCC to continue to operate from the existing accommodation from 06.01.2016 to 05.01.2021.

3. At our request, a well-wisher, who wishes to remain anonymous, has erected a prefabricated FCC Auditorium, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, broadcast quality sound system, optical fibre connectivity, and two screens. Our events take place in this Auditorium. When it’s free, we rent it out for events to generate revenue.

4. We are launching The Kalinga-FCC Awards for Excellence in Journalism beginning with this year in collaboration with The Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Deemed as Universities of Bhubaneswar. KIIT and KISS Founder Prof Achyuta Samanta has agreed to sponsor the Awards for five years (2019-2023). Five Awards of Rs 1,00,000 each will be awarded along with a Medal and a Citation to The Print Journalist Of The Year, The Television Journalist Of The Year, The Radio Journalist Of The Year, The Photo Journalist Of The Year, and The Online Journalist Of The Year for the Best Entries for the coverage of SAARC Region in the Global Media outside of South Asia. The Awards to be given this year will be for work published/broadcast etc during January-December, 2018. Entries can be submitted by the journalists themselves or nominated for the awards by third parties.

5. During the past three years, we have held 90 events---or one event every 12 days. The events are being videographed and shown on FACEBOOK LIVE, and uploaded on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and on our website.

6. The membership has now doubled from less than 500 to more than 950.

7. We have renovated the Bar and other areas from our own resources.CCTV with eight cameras has been installed. To ensure complete transparency in procurement of goods and services, computerised monitoring of stocks proper accounting system has been put in place.Staff wages have been increased and standardized.

8. On an average, it costs between Rs 6,50,000 and Rs 7,00,000 per month to run the Club with a staff of 13 members.

9. After upgrading facilities, we have been making efforts to increase the footfalls at the Club to generate revenue to meet the rising costs.Last month, we entered into an informal and temporary arrangement with the Delhi Flying Club (DFC, founded in 1928) to facilitate their Members to visit the FCC, and our Members to visit their facilities.

10. To augment FCC’s infrastructure, the DFC has provided the following:Three split ACs, one 42-inch plasma TV, twelve wooden chairs, three large tables, four single sofa chairs, one freezer chiller, two dummy bottles, one sink for washing dishes, one griller for use in the kitchen, and fibre sheets to cover the two Terraces on the first floor.

11. In addition, the DFC has provided two people to assist the Bar/Kitchen staff and is paying for them.

12. The arrangement is mutually beneficial: the FCC provides DFC Members a place to meet up, and this results in additional footfalls and revenue. For example, the Club’s average revenue during August-January, 2018 was Rs 7,12,868.57. In February, when our arrangement with the DFC became operational, the Club’s revenue crossed One Million Rupees---for the first time since the FCC was established in 1958! The actual figure is Rs 11,10,681.

13. The Managing Committee had inherited a huge tax burden. We have paid and are up-to-date with all the taxes ( Service taxes, GST, VAT etc ) for the FY 17-18 and 18-19. Some tax dues are pending for the FY 2015-16. FY 16-17, which we hope to clear soon.

14. We have initiated Journalists’ skill-upgradation programmes jointly with Google, Data Leads, etc. More such programmes will be coming up in due course of time.

15. We now have Jio High Speed Internet. Members can use a Special Work Station to use the Club's internet facility to file their reports. A Special Payment Gateway has been created on our website to enable Members to pay membership fee online.

Thank you for your cooperation, and for giving us an opportunity to work for our Club!

S Venkat Narayan, President
March 01, 2019.