Centre provides financial assistance to 67 journalists family, died due to Covid-19

NEW DELHI: The central government, on Thursday approves the financial assistance to the immediate family members of deceased journalist, who lost their lives in 2020 and 2021 during the pandemic. The ministry of Information and broadcasting compiled the details of those, and assistance would be released from Journalist Welfare Scheme (JWS).

The Press Information Bureau (PIB) 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.

Government approves a proposal of Journalist Welfare Scheme Committee headed by Amit Khare, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, to provide financial relief of Rs.5 lakhs 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 deceased due to Covid taking the total number to 67. Committee expressed their deep condolences to the families of the journalists affected due to Covid.