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Govt Approves Rs 5 Lakh Assistance to Kin of 67 Journalists Who Died of Covid-19

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The committee has decided to hold meetings on a weekly basis so that applications for financial assistance under the JWS can be processed “expeditiously,” the ministry added.

The Centre on Thursday approved a proposal to provide financial assistance to families of 26 more journalists who lost their lives to Covid-19.

Dependents of each of these journalists will get the financial relief of Rs 5 lakh under the Journalist Welfare Scheme (JWS) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B), the government said in a statement.

“Today, the central government approved a proposal of the Journalist Welfare Scheme committee, headed by I&B ministry secretary Amit Khare, to provide financial relief of Rs 5 lakh to each of the families of 26 journalists who died due to Covid-19,” the ministry said.

The committee also considered the applications of families of 11 journalists who had passed away due to reasons other than the infection, it said.

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The committee has decided to hold meetings on a weekly basis so that applications for financial assistance under the JWS can be processed “expeditiously,” the ministry added.

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first published:May 27, 2021, 22:06 IST