Centre approves financial assistance to 67 families of journalists who succumbed to Covid-19
New Delhi/IBNS: In a suo-moto move, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Press Information Bureau under the guidance of Prakash Javadekar, had compiled and collated the details of journalists who lost their lives due to the pandemic in the years 2020 & 2021 and started a special drive to provide assistance to their families under the Journalist Welfare Scheme.
On Thursday, the Central Government approved a proposal of the Journalist Welfare Scheme Committee headed by Amit Khare, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, to provide financial relief of Rs.5 lakh to each of the families of 26 journalists who died due to Covid-19.
In the financial year 2020-21, the Central Government provided such assistance to 41 families of the journalists who died due to Covid taking the total number to 67, a government statement said.
The committee expressed their deep condolences to the families of the journalists affected due to Covid.
The Press Information Bureau pro-actively reached out to the families of many journalists who lost their lives to Covid-19 and also guided them about the scheme and filing of claims, the statement added.
The committee also decided to hold JWS meetings on a weekly basis so that applications for financial assistance under JWS can be processed expeditiously.
The Committee on Thursday also considered applications of 11 families of those journalists who had passed away due to reasons other than Covid-19.
Journalists and their families can apply for assistance under the Journalist Welfare Scheme (JWS) through the PIB website.