Kohima, February 14: Advisor for Information and Public Relations, SCERT and Village Guard, Toshi Wungtung today stated that the hallmark and role of the media should be both observant and participative.
Responsible journalism should be to tell the difference between truth and fake, said Wungtung while addressing a one day media workshop ‘VARTALAP’ on different flagship programme of the Central Government at East Gate Hotel here.
The workshop was organized by Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. Such a workshop is being held for the first time in last almost two decades.
Wungtung said media’s role should be to mediate for a conclusive and result oriented awareness among the grassroots with the programmes and schemes of the government.
He said there is also a need to create awareness to the general population and here media acts as the vehicle of deliverance to the people. “If there is an absence to communication between the government and the targeted there will be devastation and this is where journalists come in,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner of Wokha, Dr. Manazir Jeelani, Samoon, IAS, said India though being the biggest democracy of the country the participation of people is not there and added that if there is no participation there will be loopholes and the country will not be a vibrant democracy.
He said the media plays a very important role in ensuring that the participation comes directly as well as indirectly. He stated that India is in an era where not only news but fact news is important in presenting the true story by going to the field and getting the first hand story, because media is like a mirror that shapes and narrates the society and help in the progress of the society.
He added that free and fair media is an essential tool for a vibrant democracy and being the Fourth Pillar of democracy it has to be strong, independent and vibrant so that the vision of democracy can go on continuously without creating havoc.
Kohima Press Club general secretary, Alice Yhoshu said that though there are many centrally sponsored schemes being implemented in Nagaland, but only the implementing departments are aware of the details.
She said that in some instances even the State’s administrators do not have any knowledge about a particular scheme, leaving aside the media fraternity and the public.
She further pointed out that when there is no transparency and the press is kept in the dark, there is more scope for corruption. She emphasized on training for journalists to understand the schemes, so that they can interpret them to the people.
In the technical session presentation on Kohima ‘Smart City’ was made by Administrator, Kohima Municipal Council Kovi Meyase, ‘Poshan Abhiyaan’ by Additional Director Social Welfare Tulula Pongen, ‘Ayushman Bharat’ by Deputy Director, H&FW, Kikameren Longkumer, ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ by SDO, Water & Sanitation Support Organisation, PHED, Wonjanbeni Odyuo and ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana & Farmers Welfare related Schemes’ Additional Director C Philip Yanthan.
(Page News Service)