Hyderabad: TRS working president and MAUD Minister K T Rama Rao on Sunday said the State government was willing to take care of the educational needs of children of deceased journalists in the State.
“If the mothers’ approve, the State government will enroll such children into residential schools and all their educational needs will be taken care of by the government,” Rama Rao assured, after distributing cheques of Rs one lakh each to 11 families of deceased journalists.
Addressing a programme organised by the Telangana State Media Academy here on Sunday, he said the government was working for the welfare of all sections of society, including lawyers and journalists. “Telangana is the only State to set up an exclusive Rs.100 crore welfare funds each for the welfare of lawyers and journalists fraternity,” he said.
The State government has already extended a lot of support to the journalists’ fraternity and was prepared to enhance it further, he said.
The Media Academy is extending financial assistance of Rs.1 lakh each to the bereaved families of deceased journalists. The Minister handed over cheques to 11 families at the programme and the rest were presented by Academy representatives.
The Minister said there were about 19,150 accredited journalists in the State, while there were only 1,000 accredited journalists in Gujarat. The State government has issued health cards to 61,500 journalists, he said, adding that all the issues and delays pertaining to the cards will be addressed shortly.
He appealed to journalists to think wisely before casting their votes in the MLC elections and extend their support to a progressive government like the TRS administration. “I am aware of the long-pending house sites allotment issue. There are some legal aspects but in all probability, the sites will be handed over in six months to one year,” assured Rama Rao.
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