Kohima: Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Friday announced Rs 10 lakh ex gratia payment for working journalists who suffer fatality due to COVID-19 while performing frontline duties. The announcement comes two days after the state government announced Rs 10 lakh ex gratia payment for government employees, policemen or staffers of urban local bodies, besides healthcare workers, who dies in the line of COVID-19 duty.
Taking to twitter on Thursday, Rio made the announcement for media persons. “Nagaland government announced ex-gratia of Rs 10 Lakh to working journalists who suffer fatality due to COVID-19 while performing frontline duties,” an attachment read.
As reported, the state government as a welfare measure announced ex gratia grant of Rs 10 lakh to any government employee on frontline duty who suffers fatality due to COVID-19. The government also announced monetary relief to stranded persons outside the state who are affected due to the nationwide lockdown.
Principal director of school education Shanavas C, who is the nodal officer for monitoring stranded persons outside the state, informed that a total of 870 persons were listed for payment on Wednesday and nearly 7,000 persons were listed on Thursday. He also revealed that the portal so far has received nearly 10,000 applicants. “Our estimate of the people outside Nagaland is around 20,300, including 6,000 students,” he told a section of the media on Thursday.