PCJ demands inclusion of welfare schemes for Journalists in Budget

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Press Club of Jammu (PCJ) has demanded inclusion of Journalist Welfare Schemes and Cashless Medicliam policy for working and accredited journalists of the state in upcoming budget to be presented on May 30. President Press Club of Jammu, Ashwani Kumar alongwith other office bearers Abhimanyu Sharma, Zorawar Singh Jamwal and Dinesh Manhotra had recently met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Jammu. The office bearers of PCJ had submitted about a 100 page report on Journalist Welfare Schemes and Cashless Medicliam policy to chief minister.
Mehbooba Mufti had assured the office bearers of PCJ that these recommendations will be considered. The aim of these schemes is to improve the conditions of both accredited and working journalists of state. President PCJ Ashwani Kumar said that since last 26 years, Journalists working in strife torn state of Jammu and Kashmir are facing hardship as there is no Welfare Scheme for scribes. Quoting the example of Himachal Pradesh, Ashwani Kumar said that Himachal Pradesh High Court in its order and Press Council of India has recommended schemes for safety of Journalists in all states as per norms of Government of India.
“Several State governments including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Andhara Pradesh, Tamil Naidu and Maharashtra have already created Journalist Welfare Fund”, he added and demanded that same should schemes should be initiated in Jammu and Kashmir. PCJ also urged Mehbooba Mufti to create Health Insurance Plans to treat serious ailments of an accredited/ working journalists and their family members, spouse and two children below 21 years of age.
Under this plan, 75 per cent of the premium will be borne by the state government and 25 per cent by journalists.

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