The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said that during 2021-22, Rs 6.06 crore has been approved for financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh per family to the families of 123 journalists who died due to corona.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said on Tuesday that the government has allocated Rs 6.06 crore for the Journalist’s Welfare Fund in the ongoing financial year, which is almost three times more than last year’s allocation.
The ministry told the Lok Sabha that on the basis of applications received by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) and those fulfilling the criteria laid down under the Journalists Welfare Scheme (JWS), the families of 123 journalists who died due to COVID-19 would be given Rs 5 per family. 6.06 crore has been approved during 2021-22 for financial assistance of Rs.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said in a written reply to a question, “There has been an increase in the allocation of the scheme in the last 3 years.”
Most journalists died in UP
According to the data, an amount of Rs 1.5 crore was allocated under the scheme in the year 2019-20, while in 2020-21 it increased to Rs 2.6 crore and in 2021-22 this year it almost tripled to Rs 6.06 crore.
On another question, the Union Minister clarified that this scheme does not provide employment related assistance to journalists. Of the 123 journalists who died due to corona virus infection, 28 were from Uttar Pradesh, 12 from Maharashtra and 11-11 from Delhi and Rajasthan. The remaining 15 were relatives of journalists coming from other states.
Rahul Gandhi accused of deleting 2 questions
On the other hand, former Congress President and MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday claimed that two questions asked under an unstarred question sent by him for Question Hour on issues related to farmers were dropped.
Rahul tweeted and said, ‘I asked questions in Parliament on agriculture-injustice – will the martyr farmers get compensation? Is the government considering MSP? How did the corona virus affect agriculture?’
Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala released the picture of questions and another list of questions in the name of Rahul Gandhi during the Question Hour in the Lok Sabha and asked, ‘Why is the Modi government so afraid of answers and discussions on compensation to farmers and MSP? Are? Rahul Gandhi had just asked this question that when will he give compensation to 700 farmers and when will he give MSP?
He also claimed, ‘The Modi government and the Lok Sabha secretariat have voluntarily dropped the question. Justice will have to be done to the farmers, otherwise the Modi government should take the bag.
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