Assam Government has decided to extend financial aid to the families of the journalists who were either killed by extremists or are missing in different incidents of violence over the years in the State.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will formally distribute one time ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh each to the next of the kin of 32 journalists who lost their lives or are missing in various incidents of violence in a programme to be held on December 22, 2017 at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati, said a statement on .
The programme is organised under the aegis of State Information and Public Relations Department.
Media Advisor to Chief Minister Hrishikesh Goswami and Legal Adviser to Chief Minister Santanu Bharali will attend the programme as guests of honour.
The journalist killed in the state over the years are–Kamala Saikia, Al-Farid Sajjad and Jiten Chutia from Sivasagar; Pabitra Narayan from Charaideo; Kundarmal Agarwala from Nagaon; Kanak Raj Medhi from Kamrup; Parag Kumar Das, Anil Mazumdar and Hemanta Sarma from Kamrup (Metro); Jogendra Daimari from Udalguri; Jogesh Uzir and Dipak Sargiyari from Baksa; Manik Deori from Karbi Anglong; Ratneswar Sarma Shastri and Hari Chandra Boro from Barpeta; Bodosa Narzary and Jagajit Saikia from Kokrajhar; Dineswar Brahma and Raihanu Niyam from Dhubri; Prahlad Goala from Golaghat; Ranbir Rai from Cachar; Prakash Hazarika from Biswanath; Krishna Chettri from Dima Hasao; Bimala Prasad Talukdar, Nurul Haque, Muslemuddin Ahmed and Kaushik Ch. Bora from Hojai; and Indramohan Hakasam from Goalpara.
The missing journalists whose families will also be extended financial aid areManikan Das from Baksa; Girija Das and Pangatan Ali from Kokrajhar and Ankur Borbora from Jorhat.
A collection of brief biographical sketches of the 32 journalists, entitled, “Shraddhar Ekajoli” will be released during the programme, the statement added.
A collection of articles by the rural journalists of Assam who recently visited Madhya Pradesh on a Goodwill Mission organised by the Information and Public Relations Department, Assam entitled, “Madhya Pradesh: Ek Ananya Jatra” will also be released in the programme.