Bhubaneswar: 23/7/21:Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday announced financial compensation of Rs 15 lakh each to kin of 17 working journalists, who had succumbed toin Odisha.
Odisha has lost over 30 journalists to COVID-19 during its second wave this year. At least four others had succumbed to the disease last year.
On May 2, the CM had accorded the COVID warrior status to journalists in the state. There are 6,944 working journalists in Odisha. They are being covered under Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana and getting health insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh each.