Patrakar Samman Yojana In Bihar- A Pension Scheme For Retired Journalists In Bihar

Published Date - 07 September 2017 07:21:40 Updated Date - 26 October 2017 04:02:19

Bihar Patrakar Pension Yojana will soon be renamed as Bihar Patrakar Samman Yojana. The government is planning a strategy to modify the old version of Bihar Journalists’ Pension Scheme by making some amendments in pension rules.

Information & Public Relations Department (IPRD) has been directed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to rename the scheme and to make necessary amendments in the existing pension rules to benefits the eligible retired journalists.

The government also requested the journalist’s delegation to come with some effective suggestions for the scheme and asked them for what method should be used to certify the qualifying criteria of minimum 20 years of working experience in the field of journalism.

Senior journalists in Bihar may now enjoy the benefits of having a pension scheme which would come under the journalists of the State named as Bihar Patrakar Samman Yojana. This is an effort of the Bihar Government to modify the pension schemes for journalists already successively in the state. There are a few new amendments in the pension rules for the scheme that will be very effective and beneficial for the receivers.

The Chief Minister of Bihar Mr Nitish Kumar had directed the Information and Public Relation Department to retitle the pension scheme and make the necessary adjustments in the current rules of pensions so that the retired journalists eligible for a pension can avail the benefits.

The State Government has also asked for suggested ideas from journalists to propose some effective measures that can make the scheme more successful. The Government has also requested them to suggest a method that could be used for verifying the minimum 20 years working practice criteria in the field of journalism.

 Benefits of Bihar Patrakar Samman Yojana

As per the existing rules of the scheme, the beneficiary would get the following benefits.
An amount of 5,000 per month would be given to the beneficiary in the form of pension.

A retired journalist having 20 years of minimum experience in Bihar and crossed the age of 60 years would be eligible for the scheme. Earlier, some journalists requested the government to increase the amount of pension but the government declined the request. Bihar Patrakar Samman Yojana was formed in the governance period of former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi in February 2015.

Problem Faced By Journalist

There are several issues that the journalists are facing. One of the prime issues is the shortage of funds. First of all, they are not receiving adequate funds from the center of state. This is why they asked the CM to increase the amount. Another issue that plagues journalists is the fact that not all of them get the IPRD accreditation. Without this accreditation many of the eligible journalists are unable to withdraw their funds.

Rules of EPFO in the Condition

The existing EPFO rules were becoming a hurdle in implementing the pension scheme. There was a new amendment made in the year 2015. However, due to the rules mentioned under the pension, those who are already taking the pension from the EPFO are not qualified for this scheme. This is why the rules are not allowing eligible journalists to take the benefits.

What CM Nitish Kumar Said?

The CM was also very keen on mentioning the hurdles in the announcement. He also acknowledged the EPFO rules and how they were coming in between the implementation of this scheme. This was causing a little bit of problem in the implementation.

He asked the journalists what would ensure that the journalists have worked for 20 years in the field. Concrete suggestions and methods of certifying are needed to make this possible. He just mentioned that he wants to first commence the scheme according to the current rate of payment. The CM also mentioned that the IPRD accreditation should not be included in the qualifying criteria. Not every journalist gets that accreditation. Hence he is all set to make the necessary changes to this scheme.

What Journalist Want?

Earlier under the guidance of the law department a new opinion had formed. The law department suggested that the journalists getting pension under the CPFO should not take pension from the state government. But the journalists expressed their grievance for the same. Hence the CM immediately called the IPRD head and enquired about the hurdles.

Conclusion

On hearing the CM’s instructions the previous law department’s suggestion was discarded. The journalists are now given dues even if they receive dues from the CPFO. Also, all working journalists do not get the IPRD accreditation. This is the reason such accreditation shall no longer be the sole verifiable route.

If this scheme gets approved by its new rules then the journalists will have their needs met. They can be eligible for the scheme even if they are getting the central government’s grants for the same. Also they might get an increased payment. More journalists can join this scheme because the accreditation will no longer be necessary.


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