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Monthly govt honorarium for C'garh scribes doubled to Rs 10k

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Press Trust of India Raipur
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel Tuesday told the Assembly that his government had hiked the monthly honorarium given to journalists from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000.
He also announced in the House that medical assistance being provided to media persons and their family members has been raised to a maximum of Rs 2 lakh.
The chief minister also said the honorarium will be for life and not just for five years as was the earlier case.
Moreover, the age criteria for availing 'Samman Nidhi' has been lowered from 62 years to 60 years, Baghel told the House.
The Chief Minister further informed that under the Patrakar Kalyan Kosh, medical assistance ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 given to media persons and dependent kin had been raised to Rs 10,000-Rs 2,00,000.
A journalist welfare committee had also been set up, he said.
Demand proposals to the tune of Rs 12,500.49 crore were also passed in the Assembly for the departments being held by the chief minister.

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First Published: Feb 26 2019 | 11:00 PM IST

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