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LUCKNOW: Media personnel will be given priority in vaccination, the state government announced on Tuesday.
The order follows a string of Covid-19 related deaths among journalists in the past few weeks. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has issued instructions to allocate separate vaccination centres for journalists and their family members who are above 18 years.
“The CM took this decision in recognition of the efforts of journalists who have put their lives and health at risk on a daily basis to cover the Covid-19 pandemic. All journalists should get vaccinated, and if required, free vaccines can be administered to them at their work place itself,” said a government spokesperson. Additional chief secretary, information, Navneet Sehgal added that state journalists will also now get the benefit of the central government’s welfare schemes. This includes financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh at the death of a journalist for his or her dependents.
“Even non-accredited journalists and freelancers will be benefitted under the scheme. For this, one must be recognized by the government of India or the government of any state or Union territory. Even if they are not recognized, they must have been associated with any print, electronic or web-based services for at least five years,” said Sehgal.
He added that in case of permanent disability, Rs 5 lakh will be given to the journalist, Rs 3 lakh in case of a serious illness such as cancer, renal failure, bypass, open-heart surgery, angioplasty, brain haemorrhage and paralysis and Rs 2 lakh to a journalist hospitalised for treatment due to a serious accident.