Hyderabad: On his 64th birthday on Friday, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao gave away Rs3 lakh each to the families of journalists who died untimely death in recent months. KCR distributed cheques to the family members of 84 demised journalists at a program organized by Press Academy of Telangana on the occasion of his birthday. The financial help will be extended to all the families in similar situation in future, he assured.

Speaking on the occasion, KCR said it is the duty of the society to support journalists' families who die in their prime either due to ill health or occupational hazards just like in the case of soldiers. He said the government is taking all stepts to ensure journalists' welfare by making PF, ESI and insurance contribution by employers compulsory for around 2,800 journalists in the state. He said the government will increase the journalists' welfare fund to Rs50 crore from the present Rs30 crore.

KCR said the state is making good progress not only in terms of revenues, but also in various fields such as power, irrigation, human resources development, etc. and Telangana is now one of the richest state in the country with a growth of Rs10,000 to 15,000 crore revenues annually and 19.5 percent rate of overall growth.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted KCR on his birthday. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu called up KCR to convey birthday greetings. Tamil Nadu-Maharashtra Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao also conveyed greetings to KCR.

Minister T. Srinivas Yadav organized KCR's birthday celebrations at Jalavihar where Minister T. Harish Rao, MP Kotha Prabhakar Reddy and other participated and cut a 100-kg cake.