Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, September 6
Journalists have been hit by COVID-19 in Telangana with 822 of them having contracted the lethal virus thus far.
The state authorities has launched Rs 1.55 crore in monetary help to those journalists. Apart from numerous recoveries, some journalists have additionally misplaced their lives.
The spokesperson for the federal government in an off-the-cuff interplay with media individuals mentioned the state authorities was extending assist to all journalists who’ve contracted COVID-19 and wanted monetary help for therapy in Telangana.
Both the Telugu states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh (AP) have touched new highs within the variety of COVID-19 infections. AP is now the state with the second-highest variety of sufferers within the nation after Maharashtra.
State’s Finance Minister Harish Rao, who can be the nephew of Chief Minister Okay Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) has additionally examined optimistic for coronavirus.
In a tweet, he mentioned that he was now in isolation and recovering properly. Rao might be lacking the Telangana Vidhan Sabha session that begins tomorrow. He has appealed to all individuals who got here involved with him to get themselves examined.
“There is no distinction being made between the accredited and non-accredited journalists for the purpose of giving financial aid. If any journalist requires financial assistance, they can reach out to us. They need to get a letter from their management stating that they are working there and produce payslips to get financial help,” mentioned spokesperson Laxman Kumar.
The fund of Rs 1.55 crore was launched by the Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD) over the past 5 months.
“The financial assistance is being provided not just to reporters but also to videographers, photographers, people from the desk of newspapers and also their stringers,” he mentioned.
After 23 journalists had examined optimistic in a single day on June 15 in Telangana, the Telangana Union of Working Journalists (TUWJ) and the Telangana Media Academy got here ahead to offer some monetary assist.
The first reported circumstances amongst journalists, nonetheless, was a Delhi-based journalist working for a Telugu channel who examined optimistic and was admitted to Apollo Hospital for therapy.
Within days a 33-year-old crime reporter with the Telugu channel TV5, who had examined optimistic, handed away. Manoj Kumar was present process therapy at Gandhi Hospital. The hospital has arrange a particular ward to solely deal with working journalists.
In June a check was carried out on the Warangal Press Club the place many journalists examined optimistic. Till the tip of June, the variety of contaminated journalists was round 100. The quantity has risen shortly to 822. These are solely these journalists who’ve reported their exams outcomes to the federal government, in search of monetary help.
The variety of COVID-19 sufferers in Telangana has risen to 1,40,969 with the final 24 hours reporting 2,574 new circumstances and has 9 new deaths. In neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, the entire variety of circumstances have touched 3,94,019 circumstances with 11,915 new circumstances reported up to now 24 hours. There have been 70 new deaths in AP taking the demise toll of the pandemic to 4,417 until Sunday.