Bhubaneswar: In a significant move the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that Rs 15 lakh will be given to any working journalist as ex-gratia who will die due to coranavirus.
The CM said that coronavirus has created a huge health issue across the world and journalists play a important role in creating awareness among the people.
They are working in a difficult situation to perform their professional duties, the Patnaik said.
An official release issued by the Chief Ministers Office said that if any journalist dies due to coronavirus, his/her family members will get ex gratia of Rs 15 lakh.
Odisha governments media advisor Manas Mangaraj thanked the Chief Minister for the governments sympathetic approach towards journalists.
Earlier, senior BJP leader and Union Minister Pratap Sarangi in a letter to the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar had urged him to introduce a health insurance scheme for journalists covering the pandemic, in line with the one for frontline health workers.
Sarangi, the Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), said that several journalists in Mumbai, Chennai, Bhopal and other places have tested positive for Coronavirus.