One Time Grant for Media Personality Scheme 2021 has been launched by the Assam government. In this scheme, the state govt. will provide one time grant of Rs. 50,000 to journalists who have no affiliation to any political party. Only those journalists who have published or broadcast at least three success stories of government schemes in the last 12 months can apply. The scheme namely One Time Grant for Media Personality will come into immediate effect and will be an annual affair.
One Time Grant for Media Personality Scheme 2021
As per the official guidelines of Assam One Time Grant for Media Personality Scheme, each journalists will get Rs. 50,000 annually. The major objective is to encourage journalists to become unbiased, truthful and not becoming puppet of any particular party. In this article, we will tell you about the eligibility criteria and complete details about the scheme.
Eligibility Criteria for Rs. 50,000 Scheme for Journalists in Assam
Here is the eligibility criteria to become eligible for One Time Grant for Medial Personality Scheme:-
- Applicant must be a permanent resident of Assam.
- He / She must be a holder of accredited or recognised card of DIPR, Assam.
- Applicant must have minimum 15 years of experience.
- Minimum age to apply is 40 years with no upper limit.
- Annual Income of the applicant should be less than Rs. 5 lakh.
- Applicants must not have affiliation to any political party.
Note – Furthermore, applicant should not have been convicted for any criminal offence or punished by any court of law or reprimanded by the Press Council of India for mis-conduct or violation of ethics of journalism or for any other similar reason.
Major Beneficiaries of One Time Grant for Media Personality Scheme
All the photojournalists and video journalists must submit at least three still photographs or video of events or happenings during the last 12 months. The journalists must remain effective and beneficial for the people in terms of development, unity and integrity. Earlier in the assembly elections of year 2011, the then Congress govt. led by CM Tarun Gogoi had formally distributed laptops to journalists.
As per the guidelines issued by Preetam Saikia, Commissioner and Secretary of Information and Public Relations Department, around 20 journalists will be selected every year. It is also quite clear that any journalist canvasing grant or forging the information would be disqualified from the candidature.
Background of Assam Rs. 50,000 Scheme for Journalists
Journalists have always been proven to be instrumental in maintaining the balance in the society by acting as intellectual conscience. In comparison with the older days, the role of journalists have developed many fold, bringing in many challenges for them and making them responsible even more.
With generation of instant and constant information all the time, journalists have to be increasingly careful in understanding its source and authenticity. They have to be extra cautious in their line of duty, while reporting or disseminating information to the masses.
The main objective of the One Time Grant for Media Personality Scheme is to support the journalists in pursuit of outstanding achievements. Moreover, this Rs. 50,000 Scheme for Journalists in Assam will also support the media personnels in their hour of need. The primary purpose is to uphold the dignity of media persons and to inspire and motivate the media persons to excel in the field of journalism.
The official press release stated that payment from the Rs. 50,000 Scheme for journalists will be made from budgetary allocations earmarked for the scheme during FY 2020-21.