Corona victim: JFA urges PM Modi to announce aids for deceased mediamen

Guwahati, Oct 01, 2020, ENEWSTIME Desk

As India has lost nearly 50 working journalists to  the novel corona virus infection aggravated ailments, Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) urges Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce a financial package to each media victim family as a mark of respect to those corona-warriors along with the practicing doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, police personnel, etc.
Terming the country’s loss of corona-warriors as a higher stake compared to the worldwide media corona-casualties of around 400 till date, JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria repeated their appeal to every media person to be careful and follow all necessary health protocols while reporting the Covid-19 pandemic from the ground.
Lately the country lost ten journalists to corona-complications in twenty days. The latest victim surfaced from Ludhiana, where veteran journalist Ashwani Kapoor (70), who worked for  highly circulated newspaper PunjabKesari, succumbed to Covid-19 at a private hospital on 29 September 2020. Earlier Guwahati based news presenter in All India Radio  Golap Saikia (52) died with corona-infection on 26 September  in the hospital. 
Indore  based journalist Manoj Binwal (55), who was associated with Hindi newspaper Prajatantra, died of the virus infection while undergoing treatment on 20 September. A day back, Agra’s journalist Ami Adhar Nidar (50), who worked for widely circulated DainikJagaran, passed away with the infection at a hospital. 
Jammu based scribe Anil Srivastava (68), who was associated with United News of India, succumbed to Covid-19 on 18 September at a government hospital.  Same day Jabalpur’s journalist Harish Choubey (60), who worked for popular Hindi newspaper DainikBhaskar, expired with the corona virus infection. Aurangabad  based journalist  Rahul Dolare (49) died on 14 September in a government hospital.  
Same day, Chennai’s popular  journalist-actor Florent C Pereira (67) died of Covid-19 in the hospital. Punjab’s  Abohar based journalist  Naresh Bajaj (57), who was associated  with SachKahoon newspaper, succumbed to the virus complications on 10 September. Ravinder Kumar (30) from Himachal Pradesh, who worked for DainikJagran, died of the virus infection on 9 September. 
Assam witnessed two journo-victims in the pandemic as  Udalguri based correspondent  Dhaneswar Rabha (35) died at Guwahati medical college hospital on 6  September. Rabha is the first scribe in northeast India to succumb to Covid-19 complications. Next day, Barak valley’s senior journalist Ashim Dutta (65) passed away  at   Silchar medical college hospital.  The printer-publisher of AsomiyaKhabar (Rantu Das) also died at a Guwahati  hospital few days back, who later tested positive for the virus infection. 
Weeks back, Dhanbad’s journalist Sanjiv Sinha, Gorakhpur’s photo journalist Rajiv Ketan, Mumbai’s senior film-journalist Shyam Sarma, Nellore’s scribe  Narayanam Seshacharyulu, Pune’s television reporter  Pandurang Raikar, Kanpur’s television  journalist  Neelanshu Shukla, Patiala’s  photojournalist  Jai Deep, Tirupati’s television reporter Madhusudan Reddy and video journalist M Parthasarathy succumbed to the virus infections.
The list also includes veteran journalist Ashok Churi from Palghar, television reporter Ramanathan & news videographer E Velmurugan from Chennai, news presenter Davinder Pal Singh from Chandigarh, television scribe Manoj Kumar from Hyderabad, print-journalist Pankaj Kulashrestha from Agra,  Orissa’s journalists  Simanchal Panda, K Ch Ratnam and Priyadarshi Patnaik. Kolkata’s photojournalist Ronny Roy became the first scribe in India to lose his battle against the virus infection.