Bhubaneswar, Nov 27 (LocalWire): The state government on Thursday amended the Odisha State Working Journalists Welfare Fund Rules-2006, to provide greater benefits to the journalists working in the state.
The revised rules will come into effect from the day of publication in the Odisha Gazette.
The government will sanction an ex-gratia of Rs. 4 lakhs to the family of a working journalist after his/her death.
A sum of Rs. 1500 per month till matriculation and Rs. 2500 per month for higher education will be provided for the children of the deceased.
Financial assistance in addition to health insurance benefit will be sanctioned for the treatment of heart, kidney, cancer or other critical illness suffered by a working journalist or any of his/her family members if the medical expenditure exceeds Rs. 2 lakh Health Insurance Scheme benefit.
A working journalist identified by DIPRO through the Collector will be sanctioned a house building loan up to Rs. 25 lakh at a 3% interest rate.
Similarly, working journalists can get a loan of up to Rs 50,000 towards the purchase of a two-wheeler and up to Rs. 4 lakh for buying a four-wheeler at a 3% interest rate.
A working journalist is also eligible to claim Rs. 2 lakh in case of permanent incapacitation due to accident, disease or any reason.
The State government will also bear training costs in premier media institutions like IIMC up to Rs 10,000 per journalist in a 5-year block period.