New Delhi, May 8: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday urged the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh to provide insurance cover for journalists, asserting that they are performing an important duty of providing information in times of the coronavirus crisis.
Vadra offered condolences on the demise of a senior journalist Pankaj Kulshrestha, who passed away due to COVID-19 in Agra.
“Feel saddened to hear about the demise of senior journalist Pankaj Kulshrestha, who got COVID-19. My condolences are with his family and with friends in the media industry. The media persons are doing the important work of providing us with information in this critical time,” Priyanka Gandhi tweeted.
“The Uttar Pradesh government should provide economic assistance to the family of Pankaj Kulshreshtha and also announce insurance cover scheme for all mediapersons,” she added in the tweet.
Agra District Magistrate, Prabhu N Singh informed, “A journalist, who had tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted at the isolation ward of SN Medical College, has died. He was on a ventilator since Wednesday.