GANGTOK, April 21 - Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang has presented financial incentive to journalists in recognition of their service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A cheque was presented to the president of the Press Club of Sikkim, Joseph Lepcha, in the presence of the Secretary of the IPR Department, Namrata Thapa, and members of the press club.
The financial incentive is being provided to journalists from print, electronic and social/digital media working at the forefront during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Tamang extended his gratitude to members of the media for their contribution in ensuring timely dissemination of news and information to the general public on COVID-19.
The Chief Minister said that the financial incentive is a small gesture from the Government to express thankfulness towards media persons who have been risking their lives in the process of news gathering and dissemination. He said that media persons working on the field as well as those on the desk are warriors who are continuously rendering their valuable service to society even in these challenging circumstances.
The Chief Minister further said that the Government would continue to provide necessary support and encouragement to the media fraternity in the State.
The president of the Press Club of Sikkim thanked the Chief Minister for the gesture. He also praised the Chief Minister for the timely steps taken by the State Government to keep the State free from COVID-19 thus far.
On the occasion, senior reporter of The Sikkim Express, Dichen Ongmu Bhutia, made a personal contribution towards the Chief Minister�s Relief Fund for COVID-19. Bhutia thanked the State Government for the timely response in keeping the State free from COVID-19.