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MP plans schemes for journos

Statesman News Service | Gwalior |

A journalists security Bill is to be tabled in the upcoming session of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly and five welfare schemes for journalists will be launched after the state Cabinet’s nod, said commissioner public relations (CPR), Madhya Pradesh, P Narhari, during a media interaction in Gwalior.

Clearly with an eye on the year-end Assembly elections, Narhari has been visiting divisional headquarters to check on the schemes being run by the state government for journalists. “A proposal of five schemes for journalists welfare has been readied and it will be submitted at the next cabinet meeting,” said Narhari.

He said medical and accident insurance will be increased from Rs 2 lakh to 4 lakh and from 5 lakh to 10 lakh respectively. One-time financial assistance is also being increased from Rs 1 lakh to 4 lakh, 5 per cent amount of home loan (up to 25 lakh) interest will be paid by the government, he added.

An amount of Rs 6,000 is given to senior journalists who have crossed the age of 58. This is being increased by Rs 1000.

A draft journalists’ security bill has been prepared by the department of public relations and would be tabled in the upcoming Assembly session, Narhari said. He said representatives of various media organisations will be covered under this Bill.

Narhari said accreditation rules have been relaxed.