Government has included electronic media persons in the ambit of Journalist Welfare Fund (JWF) scheme meant for providing ex-gratia relief to journalists and increased the compensation amount to Rs five lakh in case of death.
The scheme was formulated in 2001-02 and provided for payment of ex-gratia relief of Rs one lakh to journalists or to their families in case of death, permanent disability or extreme hardship on account of the journalist's death.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni, while interacting with mediapersons on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, said that with effect from April 8, 2010, the scheme has involved electronic mediapersons also.
"Upto Rs five lakh would be provided to the family under extreme hardship on account of the journalist's death or permanent disability," she said.
Apart from this, Rs three lakh would be given towards cost of treatment of major ailments. This would be subject to the medical expenditure not being covered under CGHS or any other insurance or departmental health schemes etc.
Also, Rs two lakh would be given in case of accidents causing serious injuries necessitating hospitalisation. This would be subject to the medical expenditure not being covered under CGHS or any other departmental health scheme.
These provisions are for accredited journalists.
The minister said that in case of non-accredited journalists, the amount will be limited to Rs one lakh for journalists who have worked for five continuous years. An additional one lakh rupees would be provided for every additional five years of working in the same manner subject to the maximum ceiling provided in each of the above cases.
The scheme does not include people employed in managerial or administrative capacity.