Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government has sanctioned ex-gratia for the kin of two journalists recently succumbed to the COVID-19 in the State, informed Odisha Government’s Media Advisor Manas Mangaraj today.
Hon’ble CM Shri Naveen Patnaik sanctioned ex-gratia of Rs.15 lakhs each to families of two journalists, Late Shri Priyadarshi Pattnaik of Samaja, Ganjam & Late Shri K. Ch. Ratnam of (News Today Pvt. Ltd.) Gajapati. I thank Hon’ble CM for supporting their families.@CMO_Odisha
— Manas Mangaraj (@ManasMangaraj6) July 30, 2020
Earlier, the Government had announced Rs 15 lakh compassionate assistance to families of journalists, who may lose life to COVID-19 infection.
As per media reports, three journalists have died of coronavirus in the State so far.
Priyadarshi Patnaik, a resident of Hinjili area of Ganjam district, was the first journalist, who died of the deadly disease while undergoing treatment at a COVID hospital on July 11 in Bhubaneswar.
Next day, K. CH. Ratnam of Gajapati district lost his life to the virus. He died under treatment at a COVID hospital in Bhubaneswar. His death was reported on July 12.
Two days later, death of another journalist identified as Simanchal Panda from Ganjam district was reported in media. He was working with a weekly Odia magazine.