Imphal: Financial assistance under the Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme (MSJWS), Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur was provided to 2 (two) journalists, today, in a simple function held at DIPR Office Complex, Nityaipat Chuthek, Imphal.
The two journalists availing the benefits of the scheme are Rinku Khumukcham, Editor, Imphal Times and L. Hauchinlian, Reporter, Manipur Express. They were provided assistance amounting to Rs. 50,000/- each for medical treatment. T. Ramesh Singh, Deputy Director, Press, DIPR and L. Ashokkumar, Deputy Director (HQ), DIPR handed over the cheques to the beneficiaries.
The scheme was launched formally on 30th June, 2017 at City Convention Centre, Imphal by the Hon’ble Chief Minister as part of important programme of the new Government’s 100 day’s achievement. For the scheme, the Government made a contribution of Rs. 10,00,00,000/- (Rs. 10 crore) towards the Corpus Fund of the Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme on 5th May, 2017. The Scheme provides one time financial/medical assistance to Journalists and their families.
The assistance available under the scheme is upto Rs 2.00 lakh, provided to the family under extreme hardship on account of death of the journalist, upto Rs 2.00 lakh provided to the journalist in case of permanent disability rendering the journalist incapable of earning a livelihood, upto Rs 1.00 lakh provided towards the cost of treatment of major ailments such as cancer, renal failure, heart ailments requiring by-pass/open heart surgery, angioplasty, brain haemorrhage and paralytic attack, any of the ailments which is permissible for full re-imbursement under the medical re-imbursement facility of the Government. This would be subject to the medical expenditure not being covered under CGHS, or any other insurance/departmental health schemes, etc. However, relief under this provision is available to the journalist only upto the age of 60 years and upto Rs 50,000 may be provided in case of accidents causing serious injuries necessitating hospitalization. This would be subject to the medical expenditure not being covered under CGHS, or any other insurance/departmental health schemes, etc.
So far, fifteen (15) media persons have availed financial assistance under the scheme since its launch.