18 May 2020
Bhubaneswar: After Ommcom News posted a news item on the untimely demise of a senior video-journalist, 38-yr-old Sukanta Kumar Panigrahi many good souls came forward to lend a helping hand to the bereaved family members (wife and 7-yr-old daughter).
Amiya Das, Chairman A.K Das Associates Ltd and a noted philanthropist came forward with a cheque of Rs 1 lakh for Swagatika, wife of Sukanta. He is known for his philanthropic activities and has lent a helping hand to various needy persons in the past.
Talking to OMMCOM NEWS, he said, "It is very disheartening to see that the state of the journalists in Odisha. Journalists scourge around in all weather conditions and serve us with the latest happenings around us. The owners of media houses, the various organisations related to media should come forward and take some concrete steps to help the needy co-workers."
"Even the government should come forward with schemes to help the journalists, because it the media persons who bring forth the various activities of the government to the general public but they themselves remain deprived of any facilities," he added.
Notably, senior camera person Sukanta lost his battle to cancer on Saturday, leaving behind his wife and a 7-year-old daughter. He was employed with a leading media house for over 15 years. Towards the end of his association with this organisation he was diagnosed with tongue cancer. He underwent a surgery followed by radio-therapy and joined back with full enthusiasm.
However, health complications restricted his movement and cost his job in September 2019. Without a job, Sukanta was struggling to meet ends for a family of three and had even taken hand loans of Rs 5 lakh for treatment.
In December 2019, Sukanta had a recurrence and since then he started developing weakness. Few days back he was paralysed and breathed his last on Saturday afternoon.
Ironically, Odisha Government has launched a health insurance scheme for journalists, but it has not reached the deserving beneficiaries, it seems.
Sukanta's death has left several questions unanswered. How secure and stable is the life of journalists? What is the fate of those people who are working relentlessly to deliver reliable and credible news? Will anyone come forward to their aid when they actually need help?
Sorry Sukanta everyone failed you....
OMMCOM NEWS has been in touch with the family of Sukanta, which is in distress and despair. Anyone willing to help Sukanta's family can send their contribution to his wife's bank account. The details are:
Account Holder's Name: Swagatika Sabat
Account Number: 33224305211
State Bank of India, Berhampur (Ganjam)
IFSC Code: SBIN0000033