'Imphal Times' editor Rinku Khumukcham (middle) receiving financial aid on Wednesday

Imphal: Manipur government on Wednesday extended financial assistance to two state-based journalists under the Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme (MSJWS) for medical treatment.

A cheque of Rs 50,000 each was handed over by the directorate of information and public relations (DIPR) deputy director (pess) T Ramesh Singh and deputy director (HQ) L Ashok Kumar in a simple function held at the DIPR office in Imphal.

The two journalists availing of the benefits of the scheme are Imphal Times editor Rinku Khumukcham and Manipur Express reporter L Hauchinlian.

In 2017, the scheme was launched by the chief minister N Biren Singh as part of important programme of the new BJP-led coalition government’s 100 day’s achievement.

For the scheme, the state government made a contribution of Rs 10 crore towards the corpus fund of the Manipur State Journalists Welfare Scheme on May 5, 2017. The scheme provides one-time financial/ medical assistance to media persons and their families.

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‘Manipur Express’ reporter L Hauchinlian (middle) receiving financial aid on Wednesday

The assistance available under the scheme is up to Rs 2 lakh, provided to the family under extreme hardship on account of death of the journalist, up to Rs 2 lakh provided to the journalist in case of permanent disability rendering the journalist incapable of earning a livelihood, up to Rs 1 lakh provided towards the cost of treatment of major ailments such as cancer, renal failure, heart ailments requiring by-pass/open heart surgery, angioplasty, brain haemorrhage and paralytic attack, any of the ailments which is permissible for full reimbursement under the medical reimbursement facility of the government.

This would be subject to the medical expenditure not being covered under Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), or any other insurance/departmental health schemes, etc. However, relief under this provision is available to the journalist only up to the age of 60 years and up to Rs 50,000 may be provided in case of accidents causing serious injuries necessitating hospitalisation.

So far, at least 15 media persons have availed of the financial assistance under the scheme since its launch.

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