Published: 26th May 2021
TN CM MK Stalin hikes COVID incentive compensation for journalists and their families
In a statement, Stalin said the journalists acted as a bridge between the government and the public in reaching correct and useful information and also in creating awareness
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Wednesday revised upwards the incentive to accredited journalists by Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 for working despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stalin also doubled the compensation paid to the family of the accredited journalist who had died due to COVID-19.
In a statement, Stalin said the journalists acted as a bridge between the government and the public in reaching correct and useful information and also in creating awareness. Considering the requests Stalin has ordered an upward revision of the incentive from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000. Similarly, Stalin also doubled the financial assistance paid to the families of the accredited journalists who died of COVID-19 to Rs 10 lakh.
Unfortunately, the Tamil Nadu government did not renew the accreditation of several journalists in 2020 and 2021 on the pretext of some court case. Officials had told the media that the renewal of many journalists was not made in 2020 and 2021. Such journalists may not be eligible for the incentive or their family for financial assistance.