MK Stalin makes an upward revision of Covid incentive-payment for journalists
MK Stalin makes an upward revision of Covid incentive-payment for journalists

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Wednesday revised upwards the incentive to accredited journalists by Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 for working irrespective of Covid-19 pandemic. Stalin also doubled the compensation paid to the family of the accredited journalist who had died due to Covid-19.

In a statement, Stalin said the journalists acted as a bridge between the government and the public in reaching correct and useful information and also in creating awareness. Considering the requests Stalin has ordered an upward revision of the incentive by Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000.

Similarly, Stalin also doubled the financial assistance paid to the families of the accredited journalists who died of Covid-19 to Rs 10 lakh. Unfortunately, the Tamil Nadu government did not renew the accreditation of several journalists in 2020 and 2021 on the pretext of some court case. Also, It is being told that the renewal of many journalists was not made in 2020 and 2021.

Stalin very earlier said that journalists will be treated as frontline workers in Tamil Nadu. He pointed out that journalists too worked during natural calamities and pandemics unmindful of the risks to their lives.He said journalists of television media, print and radio would get all the rights and privileges entitled to frontline workers

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