Financial assistance announced for DD News cameraman’s Family

By Meera Kalyani
Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Tuesday announced financial assistance of Rs 15 lakh to the next of kin of the DD News cameraman who was killed in a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh.

Rathore said that Rs 10 lakh would be given as ex gratia by Doordarshan and Rs 5 lakh would be from the Journalist Welfare Fund of the Press Information Bureau, according to an official statement.

The Doordarshan team was moving in Dantewada for pre-election coverage of the Chhattisgarh assembly polls scheduled for next month when (DD) News cameraman Achyutanand Sahu along with Sub Inspector Rudra Pratap, Assistant Constable Mangalu were killed in a Naxal ambush in poll-bound Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Tuesday.

A senior ministry official said that despite the hostile environment in some part of the country, DD news has been reportimg from ground zero from all over the country