The state government of Odisha has launched Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana for working Journalists. The scheme is implemented from June 1, 2018.This scheme provides Rs. 2 Lakh per annum health insurance cover to all working journalists of the state.
- In the first phase, as many as 3,233 working journalists will get health insurance coverage up to Rs 2 lakh a year.
- Five members of the journalists family will be covered under the scheme
- The beneficiaries will get their health insurance card from the District Information and Public Relations Officer (DIPRO) in their respective districts.
- The insurance coverage will be applicable for cashless treatment in government and private hospitals. The scheme will also cover the injuries and illness faced by journalists while performing their duties.
Gopabandhu Sambadika :
Gopalbandhu Das was a prominent social worker, reformer, political activist, journalist, poet and essayist of Odisha. Odisha conferred him with the title of Utkalmani (jewel of Odisha). His contribution to journalism in the state was short but remarkable. He had launched a monthly literary magazine called Satyabadi through which he tried to educate the masses.