Hyderabad: Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday approved the proposal giving a financial aid of Rs 2 lakh to families of journalists who died of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Telangana State Media Academy took this crucial decision in wake of COVID-19’s second wave in the state, wherein 15 journalists have died of COVID-19 in the last ten days.
The state government has took this decision at the request of the Telangana Union of working Journalists and other journalist associations. The families of journalists who recently died of COVID-19 should submit applications to the Telangana State Media Academy office for financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh by May 10.
Along with the application, families of the deceased journalists are also required to produce the COVID-19 death certificate, accreditation card, along with positive reports from the District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO) and the District public relations officer (DPRO) of the respective district.
The respective journalist associations are requested to make efforts to submit the affidavits on behalf of the families of the deceased. Applications for Rs.2 lakh financial assistance should be submitted to the Secretary, Telangana State Media Academy, D.no 10-2-1, second floor, Samachar Bhavan, AC Gaurds, Masab Tank, TS Film Development Corporation.
As per the News Minute reports and journalist associations, the 13 deceased journalists were identified as:
- Jayaprakash, journalist, Karimnagar District, Telangana (April 13)
- Srinivas, reporter, Andhra Jyothi Telugu Daily, Yacharam, Rangareddy District, Telangana (April 16)
- Sainath, reporter, 99tv, Nirmal District, Telangana (April 17)
- D Ashok, reporter, Andhra Bhoomi, Nizamabad District, Telangana (April 17)
- Bura Ramesh, journalist, Vemulawada, Sircilla District, Telangana (April 20)
- P Ramesh, journalist, Karimnagar, Telangana (April 20)
- K Amarnath, senior journalist, Hyderabad, Telangana (April 20)
- Ch Naga Raju, reporter, Eenadu, Siddipet District, Telangana (April 21).
- Ramachandra Rao, sub-editor, Sakshi, Hyderabad, Telangana (April 21)
- Kalpana, CEO, Bathukamma TV, Hyderabad, Telangana (April 21)
- Tataiah, senior journalist, Ongole, Andhra Pradesh (April 22)
- Chandrashekar Naidu, reporter, NTV Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh (April 22)
- Srinivasa Rao, reporter, Prajashakti Daily, Jaggaiahpet, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh (April 22)