MP government to launch insurance schemes for journalists

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Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Government has undertaken a new initiative to launch a health and accident insurance to journalists in the state. Madhya Pradesh’s Public Relations and Energy Minister Rajendra Sukla announced, “”From August 15, the state government will launch Journalists Health and Accident Insurance Scheme.”

Speaking at Mahendra Choudhary Memorial state level photo journalism awards function to honour press photographers he announced the scheme. According to an official of the department, “Under the scheme, personal health insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh will be provided to a media representative and accident insurance of Rs 5 lakh. Media representatives between the age of 21 and 70 years will be eligible for this insurance scheme.”

Terming media as the fourth pillar of democracy, Shukla urged media to promote positive journalism.

Praising the photojournalists he said, “”Photojournalists are inseparable part of journalism, without whom a news appears to be incomplete. On a number of occasions a snap taken by a press photographer depicts the reality more eloquently.”

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