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Manipur govt extends financial assistance for scribes

Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 14 | Publish Date: 11/14/2018 12:05:56 PM IST

Under the Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme (MSJWS), Manipur information and public relations, Th Bishwajit handed over financial assistance to six media persons of the state on Wednesday. 

MSJWS scheme was launched formally on June 30, 2017 by state chief minister as part of important programme of the BJP-led coalition government’s 100 day’s achievement.

While handing over the cheques to the beneficiaries, Th Biswajit said that the government always acknowledged the important role played by the media despite various hardships and challenges faced by them while discharging their duties. 

The important role played by the fourth estate in a democracy is necessary more than ever in the globalised world of media, he said. 

The minister added that benefits for the media persons will be increased from time to time according to resources available with the government. 

While mourning the recent demise of journalist K Bipin Sharma of Impact TV after a prolonged illness, the minister promised that ex-gratia will be accorded soon after due process.

The six media persons who availed the benefits of the scheme were late Ningthoukhongjam Gitchandra Singh, joint editor of Manipur Mail, V Khamkhanthang, joint editor of Manipur Express, Siloam Veng (one time ex-gratias of Rs. 2,00,000 each), Phanjoubam Santosh, photo journalist of PTI, Yendrembam Mangi Ningthouja, desk editor of Pandam Daily (medical assistance of Rs 1,00,000 each) and Koijam Rajen Meetei, editor-in-chief, Liklam Journal and Kakchingtabam Bipin Sharma, cameraman of Impact TV (medical assistance of Rs. 50,000).

A total of ten media persons have availed financial assistance under the scheme.

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