Assam Government launched The “One Time Grant for Media Personality Scheme” as a much-needed mechanism to reform India’s media sector. The journalists have played a crucial and influential role in sensitizing and educating the masses, making them alert & aware of events happening around them. The whole process has been strengthening our democracy. Journalists play a vital role in disseminating the Government’s schemes and other activities about the State’s development and its people. Journalists are crucial in maintaining a balanced atmosphere in society by acting as a connecting dot between the Government and the citizens. Many journalists have been instrumental in maintaining the balance in society by acting as intellectual conscience.
In Comparison to older days, journalists’ role has developed manifold, bringing in more for them and making them responsible even more. As news consumption has grown manifold, so has increased the challenges, duties, and responsibilities of journalists. With the generation of instant and constant information, 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. Apart from being inquisitive and interrogative, they are innovative and creative to maximize their output. They have to rely on primary, secondary, and tertiary sources, information technology, build-up skill, and competence to ensure their reports’ accuracy and authenticity.
This “One Time Grant for Media Personality Scheme 2020” is launched by the Government of Assam. The scheme to be constituted under the Information and Public Relations Department of Government of Assam. Under the current plan, the state government shall provide one time grant worth Rs. 50,000 to journalists not affiliated with any political party in Assam. Only those journalists are eligible to apply for the scheme who have published or broadcasted at least three success stories of some government schemes in the last 12 months. The plan, namely One Time Grant for Media Personality Scheme, will immediately effect and be an annual affair.
Realizing the pressing needs, Information and Public Relations Department, Government of Assam shall provide a one-time grant to 20 journalists @ Rs. 50,000 each every year to effectively engage in their varied performances productively and efficiently. If implemented in the desired manner, the scheme can set a good example in the history of India in the field of journalism.
One Time Grant for Media Personality Scheme is initiated as a ray of hope for media persons in the current scenario. The procedure tends to assist and support the journalists in their pursuit of outstanding achievements and provide backing to them in the time of need.
The objectives of the “One Time Grant for Media Personality Scheme” includes:
The “One Time Grant for Media Personality Scheme” to be constituted under the Information and Public Relations Department of Government of Assam will be administered by a Committee comprising:
I. Senior-most Secretary of IPRD – Chairperson
II. DIPR, Assam – Member Secretary
III. Joint / Deputy Secretary, IPRD – Member
IV. Financial Adviser, IPRD – Member
V. The senior journalist from a Print Media House – Member
VI. A senior journalist from an Electronic Media House- Member
However, Members mentioned in Sl.Nos. V-VI will be nominated by the Govt. of Assam. The term of the Committee will be two years.
Eligibility criteria underlined for One Time Grant for Media Personality Scheme is as follows:
The process shall be as per the following guidelines:
As an Aatmnirbhar Sena, we assist the Assam Government with its stringent strategy to support a “One Time Grant for Media Personality Scheme.” Through our multiple programs, we will be lending our helping hand to Government and curious applicants with the mission of letting them climb on the ladder of their dreams and accomplishments. Considering the present condition, the Assam Government brought the scheme on board, but their requirement is even more than that. To fulfill the void is the prominent role of our Aatmnirbhar Sena.
Aatmnirbhar Sena is striving to cover major issues after the analysis done by Aatmnirbhar Sena members concerning the plight of Indian Journalism. We would equip the Government with the necessary mechanism and assist them by meeting their day to day requirements. In addition to this, we are projecting to foster journalism to transform media persons’ lives in the long run. We shall assist the applicants with all the necessary steps involved in the application procedure and spread the word of its perks.
This “One Time Grant for Media Personality Scheme” is a light at the end of the tunnel for Assam’s Journalism sector. It has been a major transforming factor that would re-build the broken fragments of the media sector. We hope the scheme would do wonders in leaving its impression with stringent eligibility criteria and appropriate policies.