Jharkhand polls: BJP govt to pay Rs. 15,000 to journalists to write on welfare initiatives


The BJP government in Jharkhand on Saturday published an advertisement offering a grant up to Rs. 15,000 to print and TV journalists who will cover the government’s various welfare schemes.

The advertisement was published in a newspaper and was issued by Jharkhand’s Information and Public Relations Department.

The announcement has come right before the state goes to polls at the end of the year, alongside Haryana and Maharashtra.

Slamming the movie, former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said that the BJP-led Raghubar Das administration has “breached all norms of ethics and morality.”

“The ruling @BJP4Jharkhand govt , it’s officials & our hon’ble CM @dasraghubar have breached all norms of ethics & moraliy. Open advrt by Govt publicity wing to journalists in #Jharkhand to write on #Vikas & earn money as fees. #PressCouncil & @MIB_India should take cognizance,” Soren wrote while quote tweeting a tweet showing the advertisement.

The story was first reported by Navjivan.

While the BJP has claimed that the scheme was launched at the request of local journalists, the Ranchi Press Club, the largest body of journalists in the state, denied making any such demand.

“The Ranchi Press Club, the largest body of journalists in the state, had made no such formal demand,” The Print quoted Ranchi Press Club general secretary Shambhunath as saying.

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