While many of us relied on work-from-home during the pandemic, it was not even an option for many frontline warriors like doctors, police and journalists who risked their lives to protect people from the virus.
Many such warriors succumbing to the deadly viral infection churned up debates in political circles, a few of the state governments offered health insurance cover and ex-gratia for people rendering services.
Two weeks after Uttar Pradesh government announced a health insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh for accredited journalists, Jagan-led Andhra Pradesh reportedly stepped in taking the same path.
According to the revelations made by K Srinivasa Reddy, president of the Indian Journalists’ Union on Tuesday, the state government has promised compensation of Rs 5 lakh to every journalist who died beating back the viral infection.
The union president also claimed that the government also promised to consider the pleas regarding Rs 50 lakhs insurance for journalists. Further, he thanked the Chief Minister for setting up specials beds for infected journalists across the state.
While records claimed that over 38 journalists succumbed to the infection so far, there has been no official statement from state government’s end.