After apologising to the journalist fraternity, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb has announced health insurance for scribes in the State.

Chief Minister Biplab Deb announced that the State Government will provide health insurance cover of up to Rs 5 lakh per year to the journalists of Tripura.

The health insurance cover will be given under the Ayushman Tripura Scheme.

The Tripura Chief Minister made this announcement while speaking at the first State conference of the Forum for Development and Protection of Media Community (FDPMC) in Agartala.

Speaking at the program, Biplab Deb further stressed on creating livelihood opportunities for the journalists in the State.

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“The State Government will work tirelessly for the uplift of livelihood opportunities of the journalists,” Biplab Deb said.

Earlier, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb had to face severe criticism for ‘threatening’ the media fraternity in the State.

The Chief Minister on September 11 had ‘threatened’ not to ‘forgive’ the media saying that a section of over-enthusiastic media was trying to mislead people by publishing exaggerated and false news on COVID-19 in Tripura.

However, later Biplab Deb on Sunday apologized to the media fraternity, saying he regrets if his words have hurt anyone’s sentiments.

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Biplab Deb said, “There was so much controversy over my one statement and I want to say sorry if my words have hurt anyone.”

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