Journalists to  get mediclaim facility on the lines of government employees- CM Manohar Lal

Journalists to  get mediclaim facility on the lines of government employees- CM Manohar Lal

Chandigarh, March 16 ( P2P): Appreciating the work being done by the organization, CM Manohar Lal while providing a term insurance policy to 151 journalists of Haryana conducted by the Media Welfare Association said that the way the state government’s focus is Antodya i.e. till the last person standing in the line, services have to be benefitted, in the same way, the Media Wellbeing Association is continuously moving forward for the upliftment of the journalists fighting for the society sitting in every town and village of the state.

Chief Minister’s OSD Jawahar Yadav, Political Advisor Bharat Bhushan, Publicity Advisor Tarun Bhandari, and Director of General Information, Public Relations, and Languages Dr. Amit Agarwal were prominently present on the occasion. The program was presided over by Naresh Kaushal, editor of Dainik Tribune. Chief Minister Manohar Lal announced a grant of Rs 21 lakh to the Media Wellbeing Association.

Considering the demands of media welfare sympathetically, CM  Manohar Lal said that many other schemes will be implemented soon for the welfare of journalists. He talked about giving mediclaim to journalists on the lines of government employees. He said that the matter of a mediclaim facility for government employees was under consideration and when this facility would be given to them then only journalists would be given the same. He said that if the journalists need anything else, then that too will be fulfilled.

CM  said that Media Wellbeing Association is doing the same work as its name. The good thing is that work is being done in an organized manner for everyone’s concern. The Prime Minister of the country Narendra Modi is working on the principles of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Prayas, Sabka Vishwas and this institution is also working on the same principle. Appreciating the step taken by the Media Wellbeing Association to get insurance, he said that a person has a body, he should be efficient, health should be maintained, God forbid any accident-incident happens in him. For such a situation, the world is depending on the word called insurance. The association also said to consider reducing the eligibility age limit for the pension of journalists from 60 years to 58 years on the lines of government employees.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal said that the way the media creates a picture in the mind after hearing the name of the Wellbeing Association, this organization is doing the work of giving character to its name. He said that journalist is the fourth pillar of democracy and works to give the new best direction to one. Journalists are the form of Lord Narad who works to publicize and disseminate all kinds of information. He accepted that journalists have to face many kinds of problems. The CM said that various schemes are being run by the state government for the welfare of journalists.

All efforts will be made to implement the demands put forward by Chandrashekhar Dharani, President of the Media Wellbeing Association, so that more help can be provided to the journalists. On behalf of Mr.  Dharani, through Media Wellbeing Association, to make Haryana’s Press Club on the lines of Chandigarh Press Club, to make available one kanal of land in Panchkula at cheap rates, to provide government accommodation to journalists, eligibility for pension scheme below 60 years Memorandum of many important demands like increasing the pension of elderly journalists from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 was submitted to the government. While appreciating the work of the association, the Chief Minister assured to consider the demands placed in the demand letter positively. Along with this, he also announced to provide of financial assistance of Rs 21 lakh to continue the noble work being smoothly done by the organization.

A person’s thinking, courage, and intention determine the path to his success. The Media Wellbeing Association, an organization working for the welfare of the journalists of Haryana, has done that work, which to date, no journalist union operating in the state has been able to do. Media Wellbeing Association has done the work of getting journalists insured for ten lakh rupees without charging any kind of fee. For this, the premium of the insurance policy has been paid by the institution on its behalf. Chandrashekhar Dharani, the national president of the organization has shown this feat. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar distributed the policy to journalists associated with the organization in a huge program organized at Sant Kabir Kutir, Chief Minister’s residence. More than 450 journalists of the state are associated with the organization, out of which 151 journalists have been insured. Chandrashekhar Dharani told that this was the first phase of getting this insurance policy issued. About three hundred other journalists will also be insured in the second and third phases.

Addressing the program organized at the CM’s residence, Chandrashekhar Dharani said that during the Corona period, journalists performed their responsibilities on every front. He served society even without caring for his life. Many journalists had to lose their lives while doing this noble work for society. He said that the journalist always works for the benefit of society but no one cares about his life. Leaving aside the Corona period, many types of accidents happen with journalists, due to which their families also have to face financial problems.

He said that even during the Corona period, a big economic crisis was seen in front of the families of journalists, which was very necessary to be redressed.