The government is giving Tk 10,000 as grant to 1,500 journalists each at the primary stage during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Information Minister Hasan Mahmud told parliament yesterday.
"Process of disbursement of this grant through the Journalist Welfare Trust has been almost completed," the minister said this in reply to a query from Awami League MP Shahiduzzaman Sarkar.
Hasan Mahmud also said such grants will be provided to more journalists in the next stage.
The question-answer session of today's parliament session was tabled.
Hasan Mahmud said amid the coronavirus pandemic the country's journalists are collecting and publishing news despite the risk.
He also said various measures have been taken so that journalists get priority in Covid-19 testing and medical services.
The information minister said the government has also taken measures to provide a grant of Tk 3.10 crore to the ill, insolvent and injured journalists and families of deceased journalists through the trust in 2019-20 fiscal.
He also said from 2011-12 fiscal till now, around Tk 10.79 crore has been provided to journalists as grants.