Newly elected Chief minister of Tamil Nadu M K Stalin announced that journalists working amid the raging coronavirus pandemic in the state will be considered as ‘frontline workers.’
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief took it on Twitter writing “All media persons working in newspapers, visual and audio media at the risk of their lives due to rain, sun and floods will be considered as frontline employees in Tamil Nadu.” He added ‘Rights of Priority Employees' privileges will be given to them accordingly. The journalists working in the state will now be eligible for priority vaccination against the Covid-19. Earlier to this announcement several states like Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Punjab also brought journalists under the ambit of frontline workers. On Sunday, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also declared journalists as Covid-19 warriors as she said that they “have taken risk and worked on the field all these days like other Covid warriors.” In last month, the Federation of All India Medical Association wrote to Prime Minister Modi urging the journalists cannot work from home, and have put their lives and health at risk on a daily basis to cover both the Covid-19 pandemic and other matters of public concern, including matters critical to health and safety of the public, and critical to our democracy.
Meanwhile the nation is battling with the devastating second wave of Covid-19 which pushed the nationwide tally to over 20-million and the death toll to more than 220,000. On Tuesday, the country logged 357,229 fresh cases of infections and 3,449 new fatalities in a span of 24-hours.