Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday launched “Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana” for working journalists.
The health insurance scheme for working journalists will be implemented with effect from June 1, 2018.
About Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana:
Under the scheme, journalists from across the state will get health insurance coverage up to Rs 2 lakh.
At least five members of a journalist’s family would be covered under the scheme.
The scribes will get their health insurance card from the District Information and Public Relations Officer (DIPRO) in their respective districts.
Gopabandhu Das (1877–1928) was a social worker, reformer, political activist, journalist, poet and essayist from Odisha. He was popularly known as Utkalamani (Jewel of Utkal or Orissa).
He won election to the Legislative Council that had been created in 1909 under the terms of the Morley-Minto Reforms.
He became the first president of Utkal Pradesh Congress Committee in 1920, holding the post until 1928, and he welcomed Gandhi to the province in 1921.
He started a discussion group, called Kartavya Bodhini Samiti (Duty Awakening Society), in which he and his friends considered social, economic and political problems.
He established a school at Sakhigopala, near Puri. Popularly known as Satyabadi Bakul Bana Bidyalaya, but called the Universal Education League by Das, it was inspired by the Deccan Education Society, operated in the gurukula tradition and aimed to impart a liberal education on a non-sectarian basis, despite opposition from orthodox Brahmins.
He was influenced by Swadeshi movement and took part in the non- cooperation movement.
He also launched and acted as editor for a short-lived monthly literary magazine titled Satyabadi from the campus of his school. Through this he was able to indulge his childhood aspirations to be a poet.