MP Govt also to give free treatment to all media persons, kin hit by COVID-19

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday announced that the state government will provide free medical treatment to all Journalists/  media persons, whether they are accredited or not, and their family members, if they are infected with coronavirus.

The official statements in this connection reads: ''Today, we have decided that all journalists and media persons, whether they are accredited on non-accredited, working in print, electronic and digital media, and their family members if found infected with COVID-19, then the Madhya Pradesh government will take care of their treatment and will not leave them on their own,'' Chouhan said.

''We have seen that while performing their duties and in the process of disseminating news, many journalists got infected with COVID-19 and some of them even unfortunately died,'' the chief minister said in a media statement. Earlier this week,  the Chief Minister had also declared accredited journalists as frontline workers/Corona warriors.

Punjab’s Captain Amarinder Singh has also joined the list of chief ministers who declared journalists as ‘frontline warriors.’The chief minister also decided to provide protection to power corporation employees, who are risking their lives to provide power services to hospitals and other institutions.

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on May 3 declared journalists of the state as frontline COVID-19 warriors and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 15 lakh to the next of kin of a journalist who succumb to COVID-19 infection.

 

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