Press Council Of India Praises Odisha, Demands Journalists Be Declared ‘COVID Warriors’

New Delhi: The Press Council of India (PCI) on Thursday reiterated its recommendation to the Centre and state governments that journalists be included in the category of ‘COVID warriors’ and also be given insurance cover.

In a statement, it commended the governments of Odisha, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh who have considered journalists among “frontline workers for their hard work in this pandemic situation” and have extended financial help to them, The New Indian Express (TNIE) reported quoting PTI.

The PCI urged all state governments, Union territories and the central government to frame and implement a group insurance scheme for the journalists on the lines of the policy framed by the Haryana government.

The Council also recommended to the central, state governments and the Union territories to include the journalists in the category of ‘COVID warriors’ like doctors, confer them with the same benefits and give immediate financial assistance to the families of all those journalists who died due to COVID-19.

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