Maharashtra govt. had given administrative approval to Acharya Balshastri Jambhekar Sanman Yojana and now released the eligible beneficiaries list. This pension scheme is to provide benefits to all the senior journalists in the state. This pension scheme for senior journalists in Maharashtra was a long pending demand of the entire media fraternity.
Previously, the state govt. had made a budgetary provision of Rs. 15 crore for the successful implementation of this senior journalist pension scheme. Maharashtra govt. had announced Acharya Balshastri Jambhekar Sanman Yojana on 2 February in view of the rising demands from various quarters.
As per the official Government Order (GO) issued by the government, the Acharya Balshastri Jambhekar Sanman Yojana is going to be implemented by the board of trustees of “Shankarrao Chavan Suvarna Mahotsavi Patrakar Kalyan Nidhi”.
Maharashtra Acharya Balshastri Jambhekar Sanman Yojana
Under the Maharashtra Pension Scheme for Senior Journalists, the state govt. to provide pension to all experienced media persons. In this article, we will tell you about the complete details of the Maharashtra Acharya Balshastri Jambhekar Sanman Yojana.
Eligibility Criteria for Senior Journalists Pension Scheme in Maharashtra
- All the working journalists, photographers, editors of newspapers, other news broadcast media and freelancers are eligible to get Acharya Balshastri Jambhekar Sanman Yojana pension benefits.
- All the eligible media persons must have attained the age of 60 years.
- In addition to this, the eligible people must have completed the 30 years in the media reporting profession.
- All the senior journalists have to be accredited for minimum 10 years.
- Applicant journalists must have journalism as their only source of income.
- Except the Employee Provident Fund (EPF), the applicant should not be getting pension from any other source.
- Accordingly, all the accredited journalists with 10 years of experience who practice journalism for livelihood will be eligible for the pension scheme.
- It is important to note that one of the eligibility criteria makes it mandatory that the applicant should not be a Income Tax payee.
- The pension would only be given to the beneficiaries only during their lifetime and not to their kin after their death.
How to Get Pension in Acharya Balshastri Jambhekar Sanman Yojana
In order to avail the benefits of pension scheme for senior journalists in Maharashtra, all the beneficiaries have to submit the necessary documents to district information office. All the submitted documents are to be scrutinized by the committee of Directorate of Information and Public Relations. This is solely at the committee’s discretion to decide on granting pension to all the non accredited journalists who fulfills the eligibility criteria.
List of Beneficiaries of Acharya Balshastri Jambhekar Sanman Yojana
Here is the direct link to check name in Acharya Balshastri Jambhekar Sanman Yojana list of beneficiaries – https://dgipr.maharashtra.gov.in/sanman
The page to check Acharya Balshastri Jambhekar Sanman Yojana list of beneficiaries will appear as shown below:-
Pension Scheme for Journalists in Maharashtra to be Launched Soon (Update on 23 April 2017)
**** Language of Writing is as of 23 April 2017 **** The state government of Maharashtra is formulating a pension scheme for Journalists and the initiative will be launched soon. In the last Legislative council of the state, CM Devendra Fadnavis, announced the scheme to provide pension to Journalists. The government is studying process and policies of the scheme which is being used by the other states including, Goa, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh etc. After which the pension scheme for Journalists will be launched in Maharashtra.
A corpus funds to make the scheme successful in the scheme will soon be allocated by the government, which will be used to pay monthly pension to the journalists. After announcing a grant of Rs. 10 lakh to the Amravati Union of Working Journalists (AUWJ), CM also assured the journalists to help them in the matter of housing.
For the protection of working journalists, the Maharashtra cabinet has also approved the “Journalists Protection Act”. This act was introduced earlier to consider suggestion from various sectors. Now, it is to be seen when the pension scheme for journalists will become effective.