CM seeks media cooperation on ‘War Againts Drugs’
AMWJU observes 46th foundation day
IMPHAL | Sep 16
Chief minister, N. Biren Singh today called upon the media fraternity to play a pivotal role in drug eradication programme taken up by state government acknowledging their role in dealing with any social issues of the State.
He lauded the role played by media in the society while speaking at the 46th Foundation Day Celebration of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) held at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul, today.
N. Biren said that being a journalist is a demanding job in a state like Manipur, where there is a high tendency of segregation among various ethnic communities. “In this backdrop, the media is playing a crucial role in disseminating news in an unbiased manner”, he said.
“Not only insurgents but also the varied ethnic communities and associations make the task of our journalists difficult to perform. But the media persons execute their duties with in a sense of responsibility”, he added.
He further maintained that the mission of ‘war against drugs’, which is being taken up by the state government has been successful. He appealed to the media fraternity to give priority to the news regarding the seizure of drug or illicit items so that the awareness of drugs and its impacts of the people will be increased.
N. Biren also appealed to the AMWJU, media houses and others to organise a seminar about removing liquor prohibition in Manipur and its related awareness campaign etc. and also to discuss its pros and cons in the State.
Further acknowledging the difficulties faced by media fraternity in supporting their families with meagre salaries, he assured to review the pension amount under the existing Manipur State Journalists Pension Scheme. He also made an affirmation to look into the controversy over the allotment of the land for the construction of Press Colony.
He requested all the journalists of the State to exercise their freedom of expression with decency and morality. Since the development of the State also depends on the roles which media plays, he said the state government welcomes any kind of constructive or positive criticism.
President of AMWJU, Bijoy Kakchintabam who presided over the function said there is a need for co-operation and unity among the hill and valley-based journalist since the State is a conflict zone.
While sharing information about the recent land issue with the locals regarding the construction of press colony at Lamphel, he said the problem is settled and AMWJU is the rightful owner of the land. However, the size of the land is not sufficient enough for constructing a press colony. For this, he urged the chief minister to increase the size of the land allotted for the press.
He also requested the chief minister to strengthen the function of Directorate of Information and Public Relation as many scribes, mostly correspondent, are facing a lot of inconveniences when they approach the department for some purpose like applying for DIPR card.
President of Editors’ Guild Manipur, Khogendra Khomdram and president, Manipur Hills Journalists’ Union, Ramkung Pamei also attended the observation as the guests of honour.
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