The state government has so far spent over Rs3.12 Crore towards covid relief to over 1603 Journalists afflicted with Coronavirus, said the chairman of the Telangana Media Academy Allam Narayana.
Addressing the media here today, Allam Narayana said that it was made possible due to the foresight of the Chief Minister who created a welfare fund with Rs 100 crore. However, a sum of Rs 34.50 crore had been released in two instalments so far from which the interest earned was spent on helping the Journos in these troubled times.
Narrating the details, Allam Narayana said that over 1517 journos were paid each with Rs20,000 aggregating to Rs3,03,40,000. In addition to this, 86 journos who were home quarantined due to primary contact were given Rs10,000 each aggregating to Rs8.60 lakh till date.
Allam Narayana thanked the CM for his gesture in this regard and appealed to all those journalists, if any, are suffering to contact either himself on his mobile 8096677444 or the academy manager Lakshman Kumar on his mobile 9676647807.
He further revealed that the academy could also help those journos who had lost their job during the covid pandemic with groceries, sanitizers, masks etc. In addition to the above, financial assistance of Rs One Lakh each was paid to nearly 260 journos aggregating to Rs2.60 Crore, who died under various circumstances like accidents and ill health besides a sum of Rs Rs50,000 each to over 94 journos either became bedridden or immovable.
“On the whole, Rs 9 crore was spent on the welfare measures of the Journalists community. This is in addition to the amounts yet to be sanctioned applications that we received afresh for want of compensation in lieu of 37 deaths and 10 chronic diseases”, concluded Allam Narayana.
The others who participated in the media conference include Academy secretary DS Jagan and Manager Lakshman Kumar.