‘The Assam Pension Scheme for Journalists’ was launched today by the state government and altogether 20 retired Assam scribes were today handed over pension authority letters under it, official sources said.The 20 retired journalists will receive Rs 8000 per month as pension under the scheme instituted by the information and public relations department of the state government, the sources said. Chief Minister’s media advisor Hrishikesh Goswami, who handed over the pension authority letters, said the Sarbananda Sonowal government is taking up various welfare initiatives for journalists and the endeavours would continue in future too.He referred to the poor health condition of former editor of ‘Saptahik Janambhumi’ Manoram Baruah and said that the state government would take steps to provide pension or one time financial assistance to him. Director of Information and Public Relations Rajiv Prakash Baruah highlighted various schemes being implemented by the department for welfare of journalists and sought cooperation from the fraternity in reaching the message of the welfare schemes amongst all working journalists of the state.
The retired journalists awarded the pension are Krishna Chandra Kalita, Rama Shankar Rai, Ratneswar Talukdar, Dwipen Dutta, Devendra Kumar Pandey, Goverdhan Prasad Atal, Nirupama Borah, Promod Kumar Singh, Pabitra Gogoi, Prakash Kumar Jha, Dharani Kalita, Udayan Biswas, Bhakti Roy, Garga Ram Barman, Probodh Chandra Bordoloi, Amal Kumar Gupta, Keshab Kalita, Ajit Kumar Patowary, Geetartha Pathak and Binoy Bhushan Sen, the sources said. PTI
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