Retired journalists to get higher pension in TN

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Chennai, Mar 20 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Government today announced a hike in monthly pension for indigent retired journalists, who had worked for minimum of 20 years, from Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000.

Presenting the State Budget for 2008-2009, Finance Minister K Anbazagan said in addition, family pension granted to families of journalists was increased from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 and financial assistance was provided to families of journalists by relaxing the rules of the Journalists Assistance Fund.

As announced in the last Budget, a Journalist Welfare Fund had been created with a corpus of Rs one crore, he said, adding interest from the deposits of this fund would be utilised to provide financial assistance for the treatment of journalists' suffering from critical illness.

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