TITLE OF THE SCHEME
||The Scheme may
be called the ‘Journalists Welfare Fund’.
||It shall come into force with effect from the financial year
2001-02 and shall be operative in the subsequent years.
PURPOSE OF THE FUND
||To provide one
time ex-gratia relief on urgent basis to: -
AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE FUND
||The Fund will be constituted under the Ministry of Information
and Broadcasting and will be administered by a Committee comprising:-
Minister/Minister of State of the Ministry of
Information & Broadcasting, Government of
Secretary/Director, - Member Secretary
Ministry of I&B
CORPUS OF THE
||The Fund will be
set up with the receipts of:
- Need based Grant made by the Government of India;
- Any amount received from donations for
The amounts available in the fund would be kept in the
section ‘Reserve Funds bearing interest’ in the
Public Account of India.
INCOME TO THE FUND
||Interest at the rate of 9% per annum shall be
allowed on the balances available in the fund at
the end of the year.
PAYMENTS FROM THE FUND
||The payment should be restricted to the interest
earnings only. The actual principal should not
be allowed to be eroded.
AVAILING ASSISTANCE FROM
journalist as defined below shall be eligible
for relief from the Fund, provided that-
- He/she is a citizen of India,
- He/she is
ordinarily resident of India, and
should be accredited to PIB at the Headquarters
of the Govt. of India or at the Headquarters
(Capitals) of the State Governments. A Journalist for
the purpose of this scheme would mean to be a
Working Journalist as defined under the Working
Journalists and Other Newspaper Employees
(Conditions of Service) and Miscellaneous
Provisions Act, 1955 and who is performing field
PROCEDURE FOR SANCTION FROM THE FUND
assistance from the Fund will be initiated by
the PIO with specific recommendation and
The recommendation will be considered and
decided by the Committee. However, in cases of
urgency, the decision may be taken with the
approval of the Chairman of the Committee and
ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE UNDER THE FUND
||One time ex-gratia relief of an amount of
Rs.1.00 lakh may be provided to the victim of
permanent disability or dependents of the
ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT
shall maintain proper accounts and other
relevant records and prepare an annual statement
of accounts. The Fund shall be non-lapsable in
nature as the accounts are closed to balance.
The Fund shall be subject to internal audit of
Chief Controller of Accounts, M/o I&B and
statutory audit of Comptroller and Auditor
RELATIONSHIP OF THE FUND WITH GENERAL REVENUES
contributions to the Fund shall be kept within
the Government Account in the section “Reserve
Fund bearing interest” in the Public Account of
India. The fund would be classified under the
Major Head ‘8121-General and Other Reserve Funds’.
||Grant of financial assistance from the Fund to
any working journalist is not a matter of right. Assistance would be extended depending on the Committee’s satisfaction regarding the
eligibility/merits of the cases and the financial resources available for the purpose.
The Committee reserves the right to reject or accept any application without assigning any reasons therefor.