MP Ranjan exhorts media to monitor Govt activities

IMPHAL, 12th Sep: Press Information Bureau under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, Imphal organised a one-day media workshop ‘Vartalap’ on the theme ‘How to Make Our Cities Better’ at the conference hall of Hotel Classic, North AOC here on Thursday.
The afternoon session of the workshop was held with Lok Sabha Member of Parliament Dr RK Ranjan Singh and Director General of NEZ, PIB LR Vishwanath as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
In his speech, Dr RK Ranjan stated that media persons have a great role to play in dissemination of information pertaining to the implementation of different government schemes and policies and urged media persons to take up the role of vigilant to achieve the goal of development and make Imphal a Smart City Mission. “There is an important role to be played by media in the development of the capital city as a modern smart city. Please do convey the initiatives being taken up by the government for the welfare and development of the state, and the capital city,” he stated. While highlighting the initiatives of the government, he asserted that media needs to keep a close vigil about the implementing processes so as to point out the flaws in order to give the government a chance to rectify it. At the same time, media needs to highlight the unwanted activities in the way of development such as people dumping waste at improper places. This will be able to create awareness amongst the people that their role is also indispensable in the government’s initiative of keeping the place neat and clean. Only the media can create a sense of belongingness among the masses, he added.
The MP stated that while planning Smart City, the government faces problems like garbage and drainage management and as such all the citizens should involve in cleaning and keeping the city clean. He urged media persons to be vigilant and take photograph of those who throw garbage on the road and get published them so that such things won’t happen again. By doing so, a people-oriented city could be created, he observed while expressing his desire for media persons to act as vigilance and make the public aware of the government’s projects and schemes being implemented for sustained development of the state.
Appealing to media persons to educate and create awareness amongst the general public to achieve a good future and bright Imphal city, Dr Ranjan further urged media persons to go for investigative reporting on all the developmental projects and facilities including PDS and DBT provided by the present government to ascertain whether it has benefited the needy people and delivered to the public.
ADG NEZ, PIB Guwahati LR Vishwanath, who attended the session as guest of honour, described media as ‘creamy layer’ of the masses and the government as well. He stated that media has a big role to play in realizing the dreams of making a developed clean Imphal city. In today’s world, media acts as a very sensitive medium to educate the people on government’s initiatives to bring development. It would not be possible for the government to achieve the goal of its developmental initiatives without the feedback of the people, he added.
He also urged the media to walk an extra mile to highlight government’s initiatives towards all round development of the state and achieve the goal of developmental schemes and projects.
Earlier in the day, the workshop was inaugurated by Director MAHUD Harikumar in the presence of Director PIB, Imphal Abhishek Dayal and other dignitaries.
The morning session had four resource persons delivering lectures on relevant issues.
Harikumar; Y Narmada Devi, State Mission Director, Town Planning Department and M Manas Singh, Associate Town Planner gave a power point presentation on Smart City Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transportation (AMRUT) while N Sabita, expert on Gandhian Thought delivered speech on Gandhi’s message for uplift of the masses.

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