Compared to last five years, Highest amount of financial aids have been sanctioned to journalists this year
Now financial aid of up to Rs 2 lakh have been provisioned under Journalist Welfare Fund
Raipur, February 20
Financial aid of Rs 47 lakh 69 thousand have been provided to 43 journalists in this financial year, which is the highest in last five years. This financial aid is provided to the journalists and their families in case of crisis/ or for treatment of critical diseases.
As per the vision of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Chhattisgarh Government has extensively amended the Journalist Welfare Fund Rule. As per the amended rules, journalists and their families are provided financial aid of upto Rs 2 lakh in case of crisis or for treatment of critical diseases. Earlier, journalists were provided maximum financial aid of upto Rs 50 thousand under Journalists Welfare Funds.
Financial aid of Rs 47.69 lakh has been provided to journalists under Journalist Welfare Fund till February 2021 in this financial year, whereas in 2019-20, financial aid of Rs 32.19 lakh was given to journalists. Rs 14.43 lakh was provided as financial aid from the Journalist Welfare Fund in year 2018-19, Rs 18.41 lakh in the year 2017-18 and Rs 16.99 lakh in the year 2016-17.
It is known that journalists of the state and their families are provided financial aid under Journalist Welfare Fund for treatment of serious illness, financial crisis in old age, natural calamity etc. After amendment in the rules of Journalist Welfare Fund, provision of financial aid has been made for journalists in case of camera or equipment damage during news coverage of riots/floods etc, untimely death of working journalist.