Soon Journalists Health Cards In Telangana
The State government is expected to soon announce the modalities for including non-accredited journalists for issuing of health cards, Telangana State Press Academy Chairman said.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, he said a committee constituted to look into this issue, had already prepared its report and submitted it to the government and the orders for including non-accredited journalists into the health scheme were expected soon.
He said apprehensions were being expressed by some media employees’ associations and allegations of the Academy not doing enough for all journalists in Telangana were misplaced. The Academy and the government treats all media persons with equal respect and there was no discrimination when it came to journalists’ welfare in the State, he added.
Earlier three assurances to media persons were given in Telangana and the Academy was implementing these assurances. These include accreditations to desk journalists and so far, over 16,000 journalists in the State, including those working in rural areas, had been provided with government accreditation.
A 33 per cent reservation was also provided for women in the accreditations given to journalists working on desks in media companies and not involved in the day to day reporting of news, he said.
There is no limit on the number of health cards being issued to journalists and these would be given to non-accredited journalists. The health cards are valid in all hospitals including corporate hospitals. In fact, not all eligible journalists have taken the health cards and we request those who have not done so, to apply for the cards and collect them, he said.
The Academy Chairman said the government had provided a Rs 100 crore fund for land for journalists’ housing schemes, and this kind of support was not provided to media persons in any other State.
The Academy, he said, was also providing financial assistance to families of journalists who lost their lives and since the formation of Telangana, 150 such families had been provided with this help. There is no truth that only half of such families have been helped so far, he added.
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