The Government of India (GoI) today approved a proposal of the Journalist Welfare Committee under the PIB to provide financial relief to the families of 39 journalists who died due to COVID-19.
In its meeting held on Monday, the Journalist Welfare Committee decided to provide Rs 5 lakhs to the family members of 39 deceased journalists.
The Narendra Modi government has earmarked an additional fund of Rs 1.5 crores for this purpose in the Journalist Welfare Committee. Journalists from across India will be covered under the scheme.
The Journalist Welfare Committee meeting was held under the chairmanship of I&B Secretary Shri Amit Khare where Additional Secretary Neerja Shekhar, Joint Secretary Shri Vikram Sahay and PIB Principle DG Shri K S Dhatwalia were present. The journalists representative who took part in the meeting were Santosh Thakur, Amit Kumar, Umeshwar Kumar and Ganesh Bisht.
Journalist Welfare Committee Member Santosh Thakur thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar for this noble effort. Thakur said the Journalist Welfare Committee also discussed other welfare measures for the journalists which include health insurance and life insurance schemes. The issue of including journalists across India in a special Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme was also discussed in today's meeting.
Santosh Thakur informed that journalists who have some serious illness or have become handicapped while on service can also apply for financial help from the government through the Journalist Welfare Committee. Family members of journalists who have died while on duty can also apply for financial aid. The PIB has given a link on its website where a journalist or his family members can write to the government for help.
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