Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Media must confirm sensitive news: Dr RK Ranjan

Correspondent

Union minister of state for external affairs and education Dr RK Ranjan on Wednesday said that media must follow official confirmation of sensitive news strictly.
Addressing the inaugural function of a one-day workshop ‘“Vartalap”, Dr Ranjan said that journalists must confirm officially while filing sensitive reports, as sometimes it is a matter of national security which cannot be compromised in any manner.
Singh lauded the PIB officials for organizing such a workshop that would sensitize the media on government policies and programmes and acknowledged the role of media in creating awareness among the people about various aspects of society through their writings.
He said that the media can be treated as an extension of the government and that they play a crucial role in disseminating information regarding important government schemes.
He urged journalists to share in-depth information while disseminating news about schemes and projects and such workshops will be helpful for the media to write about developmental stories for the awareness of the society and about various government initiatives meant for the upliftment of the people. “The flow of proper information is very important so that people get authentic information at the ground level,” he said.
Highlighting the key role of media in dissemination of various flagship programmes and welfare schemes, the Union minister reiterated and appealed to journalists to try their best to give a true picture of the implementation of the schemes on the ground.
He, however, said that while passing the information to the masses, they should also put a clear picture of the implementation of the scheme or project at the ground level. He pointed out that social media has taken over everything but what is required is impartiality while reporting.
He further said that there are many challenges in reporting at ground level which can be faced through responsible journalism.
The real objective of journalism was to serve people with news, views and information and media in every situation must be unbiased and without prejudice, the Union minister observed. He said that the media has a greater responsibility and a duty towards people and the balancing of news must be done to highlight the positive and negative aspects of news.
The main objective of the workshop is to sensitize media on various schemes and projects of the government of India implemented in the state, said B Narayanan, additional DG, PIB, Imphal, in his keynote address of the workshop.
He stressed on the need for making media persons acquainted with the schemes and projects so that they can disseminate information regarding important government schemes effectively to the masses. Journalists have to play a bigger role in busting fake news spreading through mainly social media like fire. They have to verify the facts before presenting the report to the masses, he said. The additional DG added that Vartalap is a medium to set up bridges between government and media in order to reach out to the people at grassroots.
Four resource persons deliberated on Imphal Smart City, National Education Policy 2020 and its impacts in Manipur, Health and Wellness and ‘Plastics: waste to wealth’ at the technical session of the workshop.
K Japeth Chewang, OSD of Imphal Smart City Ltd talked on Imphal Smart City, Dr N Hemantakumar Singh, senior Neuro-physician, Manipur Health Service presented his paper on health and wellness, Imo Thiyam, director CIPET, Imphal on ‘Plastics: waste to wealth’ ,and L Nandakumar Singh (IAS), director of education (s), government of Manipur gave his speech on National Education Policy 2020 and its impacts in Manipur.