Journalist Welfare Scheme


Why Ministry constitutes Committee to review guidelines of Journalist Welfare Scheme?

  • Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has constituted a ten member Committee headed by Shri Ashok Kumar Tandon.

  • Who will take a look at the existing guidelines of Journalists Welfare Scheme of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

  • Decision is considered significant in the light of the several changes in the media eco space, including the loss of a large number of journalists due to COVID-19.

  • As well as broad basing of the definition of the “Working Journalists”.

Key Point

  • The Journalists Welfare Scheme: which has been in existence for a many years needs a relook from a futuristic perspective and broad basing the coverage.

  • The enactment of Occupational, Safety, Health and Working Condition Code 2020.

  • It will definition of the Working Journalists has been broadened to include within its fold those working in both traditional and digital media.

  • Pro-active steps for grant of ex-gratia payment to the families of journalists who unfortunately died due to COVID-19 and such assistance has been given in over 100 cases @ Rs.5 lakh each.

Source: PIB 

Topic GS-2: UPSC, Governance, Transparency, MPPSC Unit No 3 Role of Media and Problem , Electronic, Print and Social Media