Imphal: Manipur government is planning to offer insurance benefit cover of Rs 2 lakh to the media persons of the state under the Chief Minister Hakshel gi Tengbang (CMHT) scheme.
Addressing a gathering as chief guest during a programme to mark National Press Day on Friday, the state chief minister announced that he will discuss the matter in the next cabinet meeting of the state government. “We will discuss the matter in our next cabinet meeting so that we can include media persons, who are not covered under Ayushman Bharat scheme, to incorporate them in the CMHT. The media persons will get benefit cover of Rs 2 lakh,” the chief minister said.
Those registered under the ‘Socio Economic Caste Census’ are also eligible to avail of the benefits under the National Health Protection Scheme (Ayushman Bharat) which has a benefit cover of Rs 5 lakh each.
The chief minister further said that media persons must be supported and encouraged as the profession is risky, dangerous and full of uncertainty. “With the coming of the new government there has been a positive change,” he said.
In his speech, the chief minister also appealed the media fraternity to continue playing the positive role in building national integrity, communal harmony. Expressing concern over the danger of writing news reports based on photographs without verifying facts, he said that it is a worrisome situation as it demoralises a person’s dignity and is harmful to society as well.
The chief minister also felicitated some of the journalists who were awarded during the event. Manipur State Journalists Awards were also conferred to media persons of the state in eight different categories.