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Odisha Chief Minister announced ‘Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana’for working journalists

Bhubaneswar:31/5/18;Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik today announced ‘Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana’ to provide health insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh for working journalists in the state. The programme will come into effect from 1 June, 2018.

The state Government will provide the health cover to the working journalist along with up to five members of their families. They will be provided with the health insurance cards by their respective district information and public relations officers. They can avail the insurance cover from 1 June. In the first phase, around 3,233 working journalists will be covered in the scheme.

The CM stated this step would enhance social security of journalists who have a vital role in upholding democracy by representing the voice of the people. The Government is committed to their welfare.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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