The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled federal government in Jharkhand, led by Chief Minister Raghubar Das, has launched a unique scheme, that guarantees to supply a grant of up to Rs. 15,000 to printing and television reporters, for within the management’s welfare schemes as well as other initiatives.
The scheme was made public recently, by the Jharkhand federal government’s Information and Public Relations Department by way of a newsprint ad.
Context: Jharkhand would go to polls later on this season
To notice, the choice to ‘reward’ reporters comes at a right time as soon as the state is wanting to enter polls in just a few months.
The Jharkhand federal federal federal government’s need to honor regional journalism notwithstanding, the timing with this ‘initiative’ just ahead of the important Assembly elections is, at the best, arguable.
Naturally, Opposition parties and leaders came ahead to criticize the scheme.
A variety committee to select 30 reporters for reportage
According to the magazine ad, participating reporters had been needed to submit an application for the scheme with regards to chosen topics/subjects by September 16.
A selection committee will choose 30 reporters, who shall be allotted one month’s time to conduct reportage on the selected topics as the next step.
Afterwards, the reporters shall be compensated as much as Rs. 15,000 per article/TV clip.
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