Solving journalists’ problems priority of Govt says Subhardan
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The Director Information of Uttrakhand was impressed by the history of Journalism in Mussoorie.source: http://www.garhwalpost.com/centrenewsdetail.aspx?id=10564;&nt=Uttarakhand
MUSSOORIE, 22 Feb: “The government is working to solve the problems faced by journalists in the state.”
This was said by Information Director Subhardan at the Press Club of Mussoorie, here, today.
Jaipraksh Uttarakhandi, President of the Press Club of Mussoorie welcomed the Chief Guest along with Nagar Palika President OP Uniyal, Additional Director Bir Singh Rawat, Rajesh Kumar and members of the Palika.
Uttarakhandi highlighted the fact that Mussoorie was from where the publishing of newspapers began in the state way back in the 1870s with the title of “The Hills” and where famous revolutionary journalists like John Lang and Rahul Sanskratayan made their home. John Lang’s “Moffusilite” was published from Mussoorie, which had international subscription in those days. He also said that many journalists from Mussoorie took active part in the Uttarakhand Movement. He said that The Press Club of Mussoorie was continuing the high traditions. He added, however, that the Press Club was in dire need of upgradation as many foreign reporters were frequent visitors to the town and adequate facilities could not be provided to them.
Presenting a memorandum in this regard, Uttarakhandi demanded some support for the Press Club of Mussoorie so that the journalists could serve the state with much greater vigour.
Chief Guest Subhardan said that he was extremely happy to be in such a historic town, which was famous the world over and added that he was proud to hear about about its great journalistic traditions. He also said that the Government was aware of the problems and needs of the journalists in the state and said they were working on a priority basis to solve them. The problems of accreditation and health cards were also being addressed. He also said that Uttarakhand was the only state that had a separate department for Sanskrit. Uttarakhand had 82 schools where Sanskrit was being taught and guidelines had been finalized and sent to the Technical University, where their issues would be resolved soon.
He asserted that the culture of Uttarakhand was also being publicised through various cultural programmes. He reminded that journalists also had some duties and he was sure that they would write on issues with impartiality and fairness.
OP Uniyal said that journalists were an important pillar of democracy and with their help the problems of Mussoorie were being solved.
Jabbar Singh, the General Secretary of the Press Club coordinated the programme. Jaikishan Shah, NP Dabral, SS Rawat, Surat Singh Rawat, Satish Kumar, Sunil Silval, Manish Gangoli, D Uniyal, Nima Kant, Upendar Lekhwar, Satish Saklani, Vimal Nawani, Dinesh Badoni, Vijay Ramola and others were present on the occasion.
Earlier, the Director also attended a function organised by the Journalists’ Association of Uttarakhand at which Sunil Sonkar was installed the Mussoorie President.
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