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PWF awards Rs 2.8 lakh as medical assistance to Manipur’s six journalists

The assistance was given under the Medical Financial Assistance (MFA) Phase II for the financial year 2021-22, an annual scheme, offered in two phases interspersed by six months

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Imphal: Paomee Welfare Foundation (PWF), a charitable trust under the All Manipur Working Journalists Union, on Saturday disbursed a sum of Rs 2,80,000 as financial assistance to six journalists of the state.

The assistance was given under the Medical Financial Assistance (MFA) Phase II for the financial year 2021-22, an annual scheme, offered in two phases interspersed by six months by the Foundation. 

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PWF’s team, led its chairperson, Wangkhemcha Shamjai, Senior Trustees Aribam Balkrishna Sharma and Sunzu Bachaspatimayum handed over the financial assistance to the six beneficiaries of MFA 2021-22 at a simple distribution function held at the Manipur Press Club.

Khumukcham Rajen Singh of Sanaleipak daily, who is undergoing Chemotherapy for his cancer treatment received the maximum assistance with Rs. 90,000. Sinam Pinky Devi of Pandam was awarded the second highest assistance of Rs. 70,000 for her mother’s kidney stone case. 

While Paonam Robert Singh of Poknapham was awarded Rs. 40,000 as assistance for his son’s genetic ailment, Babie Shirin of the Imphal Free Press was given Rs. 35,000 as assistance for her gallbladder stone case.

Loushigam James Singh of Paonikhon received Rs. 30,000 as assistance for his mother’s fracture treatment and Ningombam Noren Meitei as former member of AMWJU was given Rs. 15,000 for his chronic liver treatment expenses. 

Paomee Welfare Foundation, meanwhile, invites applications for MFA (first phase) for the year 2022-23 for treatment expenditure incurred between, 1st April 2022 to 31st September 2022. The disbursement for which will be done in Oct-Nov 2022.

Paomee Welfare Foundation came into being in 2017 to independently manage AMWJU’s corpus Funds of over Rs 85 lakhs, raised by way of a Mega Lottery organized in 2017. The Foundation offers one-time medical financial assistance to its retired and present members. 

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