In a first, Journalists included in Committee on Journalist Welfare Scheme

For the first time Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has reconstituted the composition of Committee on Journalist Welfare Scheme and Central Press Accreditation Committee in which journalists are made members. The scheme came into force from March 28, 2018.

by Nishant Saxena
Published - Mar 29, 2018 8:54 AM Updated: Mar 29, 2018 8:54 AM

For the first time Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has reconstituted the composition of Committee on Journalist Welfare Scheme and Central Press Accreditation Committee in which journalists are made members. The scheme came into force from March 28, 2018.

Central Press Accreditation Committee is chaired by Principal Director General, PIB (Press Information Bureau) with Representative from Press Council of India, Representative from News Broadcasters Association of its members. Other members include Prashant Mishra, Dainik Jagran, Navika Gupta, Times Now, Kanchan Gupta, ABP News, J Gopikrishna, The Pioneer and Smita Prakash, ANI.

The members of the Committee have a tenure of 2 years and shall meet once in at least once in a quarter.

However, in cases of urgent/emergent nature received in the Ministry which require immediate financial assistance, the Chairperson depending upon the urgency of the cases may convene meeting of the Committee as frequently as deemed necessary.

The composition of Committee on Journalist Welfare Scheme has been made leaner for its efficient functioning. Now only Secretary (I&B), Joint Secretary (P&A), Principal Director General, PIB would e official members. For the first time journalists are also made members to the Committee.

Six Journalists viz, Vikas Bhaduria, Rcha Anirudh, Ashok Upadyay, Sujit Thakur, Sipra Das, Ravindra Singh were made as non official members of the Committee on Journalist Welfare Scheme.

The term of non official members of the Committee will be for a period of two years. This initiative will benefit the aggrieved parties by giving support in a time bound manner.

The Ministry had recently increased the provision for Journalist welfare scheme by five-fold to Rs 1 crore in BE 2018-19 from Rs 20 lakh in 2017-18.

Although, the application for the grant of financial assistance under this scheme shall be submitted to the Principal DG (M&C), PIB in the form prescribed in schedule-I.

The Committee may also suo moto take up cases for grant of financial assistance even if an application has not been received from the journalist/beneficiaries.

Also, not withstanding anything contained in these guidelines, the Committee if it feels necessary in exceptional cases may recommend higher level of assistance or suggest any other deviation of the guideline for approval of the minister of Information & Broadcasting Ministry.

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