98 journalists approved for enrolling in Manipur working journalist’s pension scheme
Imphal, Sept. 6
Information and Public Relation Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh handed over cheque amounting to Rs.2,00,000/- to Mrs Lalremsiem Joute, wife of late Joseph Joute, Co-editor, Hmasawnna Thar under Manipur State Journalist’s Welfare Scheme today at the conference hall of the Minister’s Office, New Secretariat.
Addressing the media, Minister stated that under the initiative of the State Government, Manipur Journalist Welfare Scheme was implemented in 2107, to provide a one-time financial assistance to the accredited and recognized journalists of Manipur for one time ex-gratia relief on urgent basis to journalists and their families.
The Minister continued that till now Rs 5,00,000 has been given as ex-gratia and medical financial assistance to three journalists from the Hill Districts and a total of Rs 12,00,000 has been given as ex –gratia and medical financial assistance to nine journalists from the valley districts. A total of Rs 17,00,000 has been utilised from the interest incurred from Corpus Fund of Rs 10 crores, he added.
Keeping in mind about the various hardship the media fraternity undergoes while discharging their duties, the department has approved 98 applicants for enrolment in the Manipur Working Journalist’s Pension Scheme, 1996. Minister also lauded the contribution of the media fraternity and informed that the State government is trying to increase the pension amount for the pensioners at the earliest.
The minister maintained that the government is targeting to complete the construction of Office Building of Directorate of Information and Public Relations located at Keishampat, by December this year. He also informed that the department has got approval for increasing cash award for Best Editor from Rs 25,000 to Rs 40,000, from this year.
Today’s function was attended by Commissioner IPR Kh Raghumani Singh, IAS, Director IPR, Heisnam Balkrisna Singh, Assistant Publicity Officer (Press) Tenshubam Sangeeta and other officials of the directorate.
Pinky Salam, a young and enthusiastic Reporter is working with Imphal Times since 2018. Apart from being a reporter, he is a musician and plays Guitar in his spare time. Pinky is a resident of Sagolband Salam Maning Leikai, Imphal and lives with his parents. He can be reached at [email protected]
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