#JKBudget2018: Toll on newsprint abolished, Journalists to have insurance cover

JAMMU: The Government on Thursday announced as part of the budget speech that the enhanced Group Mediclaim Insurance Policy is open to the voluntary participation of journalists.

The employees of autonomous bodies, PSUs, local bodies etc. are free to voluntarily opt for this scheme. I am making this scheme applicable to accredited working journalists also.

This is in addition to the increased the Personal Accidental Insurance from Rs. 5.00 lakh to Rs. 10.00 lakh.

The security guards detailed for the security of VVIPs and various vital installations live in the tents outside the premises of their protectees. These personnel, who protect us and other VVIPs live in conditions that are sometimes subhuman. In order to ensure that they have proper living conditions, I propose to set aside a sum of Rs. 2.00 crore for construction of prefab huts for these personnel.

While these measures should send cheers all around to more than 6 lakh families of serving and retired Government employees, what I am going to announce gives me a lot of personal joy as I would have addressed an impending social issue.

The existing insurance scheme is availed currently by 4.5 lakh employees, and about 1.5 lakh pensioners thus involving about 30 lakh people.

Besides, basic toll @ Rs. 80 is presently levied on all Light Motor Vehicles crossing Lakhanpur and Lower Munda whivch was abolished today.

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