PIB Highlights 21st March 2018

PIB Highlights 21st March 2018

Committee on Journalist Welfare Scheme and Central Press Accreditation Committee Reconstituted :-

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has reconstituted the Composition of Committee on Journalist Welfare Scheme and Central Press Accreditation Committee. Journalists are made members of the Journalists Welfare Committee for the first time.

Central Press Accreditation Committee :-

  • Central Press Accreditation Committee is chaired by Principal Director General, PIB with Representative from Press Council of India, Representative from News Broadcasters Association as its members.
  • Other members include :-
    =>   Shri Prashant Mishra from Dainik Jagran
    =>   Smt Navika Gupta from Times Now
    =>   Shri Kanchan Gupta from ABP News
    =>   Shri J Gopikrishna from The Pioneer
    =>   Smt Smita Prakash from ANI.
  • The members of the Committee have a tenure of 2 years and shall meet once in a quarter or more frequently.

Committee on Journalist Welfare Scheme :-

  • The composition of Committee on Journalist Welfare Scheme has been made leaner for its efficient functioning. Now only Secretary (I&B), Joint Secretary (P&A), Principal Director General, PIB would be official members.
  • For the first time journalists are also made members to the Committee.
  • The term of non official members of the Committee will be for a period of two years.

This initiative will benefit the aggrieved parties by giving support in a time bound manner.

Background on Journalist Welfare Scheme:

  • The scheme aims to provide one time ex-gratia relief on urgent basis to journalists and their families on the event of extreme hardship.
  • This scheme covers journalists accredited to PIB / State Governments / UTs or non-accredited journalists working for a minimum period of five continuous years either whole time or part time as news editor, reporter, photographer, cameramen, photo journalist, freelance journalist.
  • The financial assistance available under this scheme is upto Rs. 5 lakh to the family on account of death of journalist, upto Rs. 5 lakh to the journalists in case of permanent disability, upto Rs. 3 lakh towards the cost of treatment of major ailments which is not covered under CGHS or any other insurance / health schemes.


Government decides to remove customs duty on export of sugar :-

During the current Sugar Season 2017-18, the sugar production in the country is estimated to be substantially higher than the estimated domestic consumption. Sufficient surplus stock of sugar may be available for export.

In order to promote exports with the objective of evacuating surplus stocks from the country, the Government has decided to remove customs duty on export of sugar from its current level of 20% to 0%. This will also help in maintaining demand and supply balance and thereby stabilising the domestic sugar prices in the country.


IRCTC introduces billing through Point of Sale (POS) hand held machines in trains :-

Taking a step towards passenger awareness for menu & tariff of meal and catering items being sold onboard in trains, IRCTC is introducing billing through Point of Sale (POS) hand held machines in trains. 

Reason to introduction Point of Sale machines in trains because there have been some complaints of passengers regarding overcharging by the vendors in trains. This will help not only making passengers aware of relevant information but also in improving the passenger satisfaction.

The POS billing machines are being introduced in trains in phases :-

  • IRCTC has already introduced POS machines in train no. 12627-28, SBC-NDLS Karnataka Express on pilot basis.
  • In next phase, 100 POS machines are being commissioned on 26 trains.

& It will further increase as per the response from passengers.

IRCTC is also deploying its officials onboard on these trains for the purpose of monitoring the catering services. These Officials are also being provided with Tablets (Tab) which will be used for collection of passenger feedbacks.



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