Guwahati, March 13: Journalists dedicate themselves in highlighting the basic issues confronting the society and help in creating public opinion for a strong and value-based democracy in the country. The journalists always act as anti-virus against all evil forces to lend momentum to society. Therefore, the journalists represent the conscience of the society and always work as a watch dog to lead our democracy to perfection. These are the observations made by Media Advisor of the Chief Minister Hrishikesh Goswami while handing over cheques to 31 ailing journalists under Journalists’ Welfare Medical Fund at a function held at the conference hall of Chief Minister’s office in Janata Bhawan here on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion Media Advisor Goswami said that the Journalists’ Welfare Medical Fund is an effort on the part of the Chief Minister to expedite government’s initiatives towards the welfare of the journalists of the state. He also said that the initiative is not a favour shown towards the journalists, it is rather a duty that the government is rendering. Stating that the people placed in government jobs enjoy financial security, however, journalists involved in colleting and disseminating information are devoid of financial security. Therefore, the state government in power has been adopting several welfare schemes. He also said that in the coming days, the state government in consultation with different journalists associations will formulate more welfare schemes for the benefits of the journalists. A grant of Rs. 10 lakh for Media Trusts and Insurance Scheme for journalists in this year’s budget is a testimony to government’s intense desire for the welfare of the journalists.
Synchronising with the programme, Additional Chief Secretary to Information and Public Relations Dr. A.K. Singh, Secretary Sajid Jaman Hazarika, Director of the Department Rajib Prakash Baruah also spoke and highlighted on several measures related to journalists welfare.
It may be noted that under the programme altogether 31 ailing journalists from across the state were given a sum of Rs. 9, 72, 343. A corpus fund to the tune of Rs. 3 crore has been created for the purpose. A sum of Rs. 70 lakh has already been disbursed for 150 journalists under the scheme.