Bhubaneswar, May 2: In a major development, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday declared working journalists of the State as Frontline Covid Warriors.
The decision will benefit 6944 working journalists of the State, officials said.
Approving a proposal to this effect, the Chief Minister said that the working journalists are doing a great service to the State by providing seamless news feed, making people aware on issues relating to Covid at this very trying time and they are great support for our war against Covid.
Notably, as many as 6944 working journalists of the State have been covered under Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana. They are getting health insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh each.
Besides, an ex gratia of Rs 15 lakh is also being provided to the next of kin of journalists who die of Covid while performing duty.