CHANDIGARH, FEB 25
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has urged media persons to report or telecast news without any favouritism or bias, and instead of working for TRP and creating sensation, they should aim to give right direction to the society.
Mr Manohar Lal was speaking as chief guest at the concluding function of the 19th Biennial Conference of the National Union of Journalists (India) organized by the Chandigarh Journalists Association, here today.
The Chief Minister said media persons should hold regular deleberations. Instead of taking journalism as a profession, they should take it as a mission. Platforms like this conference should be used to discuss how to raise the standard of journalism and tips on this should be taken only from senior journalists.
He said the state government had started a pension scheme for accredited senior media persons. Apart from this, the government has also prepared a contributory insurance scheme of Rs 5 lakh for them which would be notified soon.
Media rooms are being set up in all 22 districts of the state. These have come up in five districts. Apart from this, travel facility has also being made available to media persons in Volvo buses of Haryana Roadways.
Speaking on this occasion, Transport Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Mr Gobind Thakur, said that media persons from 19 states had gathered at the conference. Mr Gobind who represents the Manali Assembly constituency invited media persons to Manali. Journalism faces lot of challenges today. As reading newspapers helps in taking lot of important decisions, media persons should maintain credibility of news, he added.
Earlier, the Chief Minister, Mr Gobind Thakur and Director General, Information, Public Relations and Languages Department, Mr Sameer Pal Srow, were honoured with mementos.