The establishment of welfare trust for the protection of journalists is proof of the government’s goodwill

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Mohammad Ali Arafat commented that the welfare trust is proof of the current government’s goodwill in protecting journalists. The State Minister made this comment at the 30th meeting of the Journalist Welfare Trust at the Information and Broadcasting Ministry meeting room at the Secretariat on Sunday (June 9). The state minister presided over the meeting as the chairman of the board of trustees.

The state minister also said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina believes in the welfare and protection of journalists along with the expansion of media. As the mass media has expanded in the last 15 years, various initiatives have been taken for the welfare of journalists. In 2014, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina established the Journalists Welfare Trust by enacting the Bangladesh Journalists Welfare Trust Act. The formation of this trust proves that the government under his leadership is journalist-friendly.

He also said that the Journalist Welfare Trust is regularly giving welfare grants to the families of distressed, indigent, accident-injured journalists and deceased journalists. In the third and last phase of the current financial year, a grant of 2 crore 8 lakh taka is being given. The program of providing scholarships for the education of meritorious children of journalists from this trust is also in process. These activities are an expression of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her government’s commitment to the protection and welfare of journalists.

The Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting also reiterated the need to ensure more transparency and professionalism in the selection of journalists for welfare grants from the trust.

Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bangladesh Journalist Welfare Trust were present at the meeting. Humajun Kabir Khondkar, Managing Director of Bangladesh Journalist Welfare Trust and Member Secretary of Trustee Board Subhash Chandra (Badal), Director General and Trustee Board Member of Press Institute Bangladesh Zafar Wazed, Chief Information Officer and Trustee Board Member of Directorate of Information Md. Shahenur Mia, Finance Ministry Joint Secretary and Trustee Board Member Mohammad Sadekur Rahman, Bangladesh Federal Journalist Union President and Trustee Board Member Omar Farooq, Bangladesh Federal Journalist Union Secretary General and Trustee Board Member Deep Azad, Daily News Managing Editor and Trustee Board Member Kashem Humayun. , Dhaka Journalist Union President and Trustee Board Member Sohel Haider Chowdhury and Bangladesh News Agency Chittagong Bureau Chief and Trustee Board Member Kalim Sarwar.