The Government has made a five-fold increase to Journalist Welfare Scheme's amount from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 1 crore.
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has raised amount for scribes under the scheme from Rs 20 lakh in 2017-18 to Rs 1 crore in 2018-19. The increase in amount will be effective from April 1.
The scheme provides financial assistance up to Rs 5 lakh to the family in case of death of a journalist, up to Rs 5 lakh to the journalist in case of permanent disability, and up to Rs 3 lakh towards the cost of treatment of major ailments which is not included under Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), official sources said.
The scheme covers journalists accredited to the Press Information Bureau (PIB), state governments/UTs, and non-accredited journalists as well who have been working for a minimum five continuous years either whole or part time as news editor, reporter, photographer, cameraman and freelance journalist.