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Centre approves financial aid of Rs 5 lakh each to 67 families of journalists who died of COVID-19

More than 250 journalists have died in India since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, but the Centre will be providing financial assistance to only families of 67 deceased scribes.

May 27, 2021 / 08:41 PM IST
FILE -- Elias Israelsen, 12, receives their first COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at Community Health Center, Inc., in East Hartford, Conn. Immunity to the coronavirus lasts at least a year, possibly a lifetime, improving over time especially after vaccination, according to two new studies. (Christopher Capozziello/The New York Times)

FILE -- Elias Israelsen, 12, receives their first COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at Community Health Center, Inc., in East Hartford, Conn. Immunity to the coronavirus lasts at least a year, possibly a lifetime, improving over time especially after vaccination, according to two new studies. (Christopher Capozziello/The New York Times)

Centre on May 27 approved financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of journalists who died of COVID-19.

The financial assistance, under the Journalist Welfare Scheme of the Ministry of Information and Broadcast, will be provided to 67 families of scribes who lost their lives to COVID-19, news agency ANI reported.

Making the announcement, the Government of India said: “Centre approves financial assistance to 67 families of journalists who lost their lives to Covid. Each family to get Rs5 lakhs under the Journalist Welfare Scheme of I&B Ministry. Committee to hold JWS meetings on weekly basis to process the applications expeditiously.”

Although more than 250 journalists have died in India since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the Centre will be providing financial assistance to only families of 67 deceased scribes.