IPR minister handovers financial assistance
IMPHAL | Nov 14 (DIPR)
Information and public relations minister, ThongamBiswajit today handed over financial assistance to six ailing media persons at his official residence under Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme (MSJWS).
The six media persons availing the benefits of the scheme today are (Late) NingthoukhongjamGitchandra Singh; joint editor of Manipur Mail, V. Khamkhanthang; joint editor of Manipur Express (one time ex-gratia amounting to Rs. 2,00,000 each); Phanjoubam Santosh, photo journalist of PTI; YendrembamMangiNingthouja, desk editor of Pandam Daily (medical assistance amounting to Rs. 1,00,000 each), and KoijamRajenMeetei, editor-in-chief, Liklam Journal and KakchingtabamBipin Sharma, cameraman of Impact TV (medical assistance amounting to Rs. 50,000 each).
Handing over the cheques, the IPR minister ensured that government had always acknowledged the important role played by media and media persons despite hardships and challenges faced by them while discharging their duties. “The important role played by the fourth estate in a democracy is necessary more than ever in the globalised world of media. This government recognising the contribution, launched this scheme as an important programme of the new government's 100 days achievements” he added.
Biswajit stated that the benefits will be increased from time to time according to the availability of resources in government.
The IPR minister also condole the recent demise of K. Bipin Sharma of Impact TV and other media persons, asserting that it is a great loss for the media fraternity and the state. He further informed that ex-gratia for the deceased journalists will soon be given after due process.
Ten journalists have so far availed financial assistance under this scheme since its launch. Ex-gratia to four media persons and medical reimbursement to six media persons were distributed respectively.
MSJWS was launched formally on June 30, 2017 at City Convention Centre by chief minister. The scheme provides one time financial or medical assistance to journalists and their families. It is constituted under state DIPR and is administered by a committee which reserves the right to reject or accept any application without assigning any reasons to the applicants.
Assistance is extended depending on the committee’s satisfaction regarding the eligibility of the cases and the financial resources available for the purpose. A journalist is eligible for the scheme, provided that he/she is a citizen of India, ordinarily a resident of Manipur, accredited to the government of Manipur and journalists who are not presently accredited to the government, are eligible for the scheme if they have been in service for a minimum period of ten continuous years.
The scheme provides up to Rs 2 lakh to the family under extreme hardship on account of death of the journalist, up to Rs 2 lakh to the journalist in case of permanent disability rendering the journalist incapable of earning a livelihood and up to Rs 1 lakh provided towards the cost of treatment of major ailments such as cancer, renal failure, heart ailments requiring by-pass or open heart surgery, angioplasty, brain haemorrhage and paralytic attack, any of the ailments which is permissible for full re-imbursement under the medical re-imbursement facility of the government.
This would subject to the medical expenditure not being covered under central government health scheme (CGHS), or any other insurance/departmental health schemes. However relief under this provision is available to journalists only up to the age of 60 years and up to Rs 50,000 may be provided in case of accidents causing serious injuries necessitating hospitalisation.
The occasion was also attended by director of IPR, H. Balkrisna Singh, APO (Press), TenshubamSangeeta and staffs of DIPR.
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