Mumbai: The Odisha government on Friday sanctioned Rs 2.55 crore for the kin of 17 working journalists who died of COVID-19.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has approved an ex-gratia amount of Rs 15 lakh each to the kin of these journalists.
According to the information and public relations department of the state, the amount has been approved by the Journalists Welfare Fund.
Four from Bhubaneswar, three from Balangir, seven from Ganjam, two from Jajpur, and one journalist from Kalahandi died of coronavirus and their families will get help.
“The department has received certain cases, which will be distributed after due verification. After necessary scrutiny at the district level, eligible applications will be considered for disbursement of ex-gratia grant,” the statement said.
According to the Union Ministery, Odisha has 17,466 active cases of COVID-19, while as many as 5,308 people have succumbed to the infection so far in the state.