Delhi government to set up welfare fund for journalists

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) The Delhi government Monday decided to institute a Journalist Welfare Scheme to provide financial help to state government-accredited scribes in times of distress.

The decision was taken after repeated demands from journalists that a welfare fund be set up for them.

Under the scheme, a maximum of Rs.3 lakh will be provided to a family in extreme hardship on account of the death of a journalist, or a maximum of Rs.2 lakh in case of permanent disability, rendering the journalist incapable of earning a livelihood.

There will also be a provision to provide a maximum of Rs.1 lakh in case of any other exigency or dire need.

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