The Journalist's Medical Welfare Scheme was first implemented in 2012. Under this scheme, a one-time financial assistance is provided to the accredited and recognised journalists of Assam for their medical treatment. This scheme covers the medical requirements of the journalist as well as their dependent family members. This financial assistance is extended out of the interest accrued from the corpus fund of the scheme.
The Journalists' Family Benefit Scheme is a supportive scheme which was first introduced in the financial year 2014-15. It was notified by the Government vide no. IPRD.62/2015/110 dated 29th February, 2016. Under this scheme, financial assistance is provided to the family of the deceased Journalist upon his/her untimely death. Accordingly, the department has opened a savings bank account at State Bank of India, Dispur branch.
The Assam Pension Scheme for Journalists was first introduced in January, 2016. This scheme is for the welfare of senior journalists on their retirement at the age of 60. The applicant is required to undergo superannuation as a journalist and the scheme is valid throughout his lifetime. An amount of Rs. 8000 per month will be provided as pension to the retired journalists who served in Assam for atleast 20 years. This pension will be taken as a token of recognition of their contribution to journalism during their service.
Information & Public Relations Department has introduced the Republic Day Journalism Award. This award will be given to one media person each year in recognition of his/her excellence in the field of journalism. This year the award was conferred on Radhika Mohan Bhagawati, eminent journalist of the state.