In a unique move, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced to bring out a social security scheme for journalists. She said that her government is planning to roll out a scheme that would provide financial assistance to the media personnel.
The decision as announced on “International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists” that is being observed on Saturday. The leader took to Twitter to share the news.
Today is the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Apart from the health insurance scheme ‘Mabhoi’ for accredited journalists, our Govt in #Bangla is soon going to implement a social security scheme to provide financial assistance to media personnel
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 2, 2019
“Mabhoi scheme” is a health scheme for the welfare of journalists and their families. The scheme was launched in 2016. Under it, the state has allowed all the journalists and their families to get treatment in all state government-owned hospitals, health centers, and all private hospitals accredited under West Bengal Health Scheme.
‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists‘ is celebrated on November 2 to draw attention to the low global conviction rate for violent crimes against journalists and media personnel. It was started after a resolution to the same effect was passed General Assembly Resolution in 2013.