Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced compensate assistance of Rs 15 lakh for the family members of working journalists who lose their lives due to COVID-19 infection in the state.
Large scale of health problems have been emerged across the world due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In such difficult times, the journalist are delicately discharging their duty and creating awareness among the people about the deadly virus, said a statement issued by the CMO today.
“If the working journalists die of COVID_19, his/her family members will get ex-gratia amount of Rs 15lakh,” it added.
CM @Naveen_Odisha has announced ₹ 15 lakh compassionate assistance to families of working journalists who may lose life to #COVID19 infection. CM said journalists are dedicatedly working to raise awareness about the pandemic during this difficult times. #OdishaCares
— CMO Odisha (@CMO_Odisha) April 27, 2020
Earlier the State government announced that healthcare workers and support staff in the state who died while fighting COVID-19 would be considered ‘martyrs’ and be accorded a state funeral as well as Rs 50 lakh ex gratia compensation for their families.