Bhubaneswar: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik Monday announced that Rs 15 lakh ex-gratia to journalist died while fighting Covid-19 pandemic.

Patnaik earlier had announced Rs 50 lakh ex-gratia for doctors and health workers died in Coronavirus.

After many States in the country announcing incentives and protections to media persons engaged in the fight against the deadly virus, there was pressure on Odisha government to announcement of incentive to journalists working in the State during this pandemic time.