“The current government is a media and journalist friendly government. Information about various developmental projects of the Central and State Governments is not possible to reach the common people in remote areas except the journalists. Journalists have to promote with more responsibility so that the programs undertaken by the state government for the welfare of the people can reach everyone”
Finance Minister Pranjit Singha Roy said this while inaugurating the National Press Day organized at Hall No. 2 of Rabindra Bhavan on Thursday.
The finance minister also said that democracy cannot be protected by ignoring the media. The state government believes in media democracy.
On the occasion, the Finance Minister said that the state government has taken various programs for the welfare of the journalists of the state.
While discussing in this context, he mentioned steps like increasing the pension of journalists, health insurance, organizing workshops for journalists, revising the advertising policy and increasing the allocation of money in this sector, improving the Agartala Press Club, giving accreditation to more number of working journalists.
He said that the media will highlight whether the various programs taken for the development of the people are reaching the people properly or whether there is a deficiency somewhere.
On National Press Day, he congratulated the press and journalists of the state on behalf of the state government and personally.
Tripura High Court Justice Arindam Lodh spoke on the occasion. He highlighted the purpose and significance of the formation of Press Council of India.
A documentary on National Press Day was screened on the occasion.
A panel discussion was held in the second phase of the National Press Day celebrations. The theme of the panel discussion was ‘Media in an Era of Artificial Intelligence’ and ‘Shaping a Future of Rights Freedom of Expression as a Driver for All Other Human Rights’.
The Chairman of the Panel Discussion was, Tripura High Court Justice Arindam Lodh.
Tripura Times Executive Editor Manas Pal, Advocate General Siddharth Shankar Dey and North East Colors Editor Sanjib Deb participated in the discussion on these two issues.