Agartala: The Tripura government on Wednesday announced health insurance of Rs 3 lakh a year for accredited journalists in the state.
The health insurance will be on 80:20 basis. Eighty per cent will be borne by the government and the rest (20%) will be contributed by the beneficiary, state Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Sushanta Chowdhury said.
An accredited journalist aged between 21 and 65 is eligible for enlisting in the scheme, which has been named Tripura Journalists’ Health Insurance Scheme 2022, he said.
The state has 177 accredited journalists at present and 250 more have applied for getting accreditation cards.
“The council of ministers Wednesday approved a proposal for introducing a health insurance scheme for the accredited journalists working in Tripura … Today’s decision has proved the BJP-IPFT government is media friendly and has kept Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s promise,” the minister said.
We are hoping to make it functional in the next two months, so that accredited journalists get the benefit at the earliest, the minister added.
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