Panel to revise quantum of ex gratia payment under scheme for journalists: Govt

NEW DELHI, 2 Sep: The information & broadcasting ministry has decided to form a committee to review the existing guidelines of the Journalist Welfare Scheme (JWS).

The 12-member committee, with Prasar Bharati board member Ashok Kumar Tandon as its chairperson, will revise the quantum of ex gratia payment in case of death as well as in other cases under the scheme, the ministry said on Thursday.

The terms of reference (ToR) of the committee include examining the need for such a revision of the quantum of ex gratia payment.

The committee will look into the aspect of differentiation or parity between accredited and non-accredited journalists for availing benefits under the scheme.

“Revision/broad-basing the definition of working journalist for the purpose of the scheme, keeping in view the Occupational, Safety, Health and Working Condition Code-2020 as well as the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021,” a notification issued by the ministry said.

It added that “any other aspect to be considered appropriate by the committee” will be included in its ToR.

The committee shall give its recommendations within two months and all secretarial assistance for convening its meetings will be provided by the Press Information Bureau, the ministry said. (PTI)