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Health cover for scribes

Bhubaneswar, March 4: The BJD government has decided to extend health insurance to journalists.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik today approved the proposal under which a journalist and five of his family members will be covered with an annual insurance of up to a maximum of Rs 1 lakh.

Following a representation from working journalists, the government had constituted a committee, headed by the chief secretary, to consider the demands.

In another move, the government has also set up a committee to examine the demands of retrenched employees of literacy programme. The committee will submit its report in 15 days .

About 10,000 retrenched employees were working under the Total Literacy Programme, which was being implemented by the central government between 1995 and 2005. They had been demanding re-deployment as para-teachers or in equivalent jobs.

The state government has been announcing sops for various sections for the past few days. Yesterday, the government had announced concession in interest on loans being given to women self-help groups. It has also sanctioned Rs 24.49 crore under the Mission Yuva Shakti, which has been launched for empowerment of youths.