Letter to the Editor
The Central Government’s decision to provide financial support to the families of journalists who died in the aftermath of the pandemic is laudable. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has launched a special campaign to provide funding of five lakh rupees to their families through the Journalist Welfare Scheme.
The Press Information Bureau proactively reached out to the families of many journalists who lost their lives as a result of COVID-19 and also provided guidance on the scheme and filing of applications.
So far, the Government has provided this assistance to 67 families in fiscal years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. This is a great relief to the families of deceased journalists in recognition of their work and contributions.
Journalists are working as front-line warriors in this pandemic in the service of the nation. It is hoped that State governments will make it easier for journalists to obtain free medical care and other benefits.
Amit Singh Kushwaha, Satna (MP)