GUWAHATI, May 23 - In an attempt to give journalists a scope for conducting in-depth study and aid research-oriented solution to different socio-cultural issues, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today handed out Media Fellowship Awarding Letters to 20 journalists of Assam at a programme held at Sri Sri Madhavdeva International Auditorium here today.
It may be noted that awarding media fellowship to the journalists is the first ever scheme of its kind launched in the State under the aegis of the Information and Public Relations Department under the leadership of the Chief Minister.
In the same programme, the Chief Minister also ceremoniously flagged off a conducted press tour of the rural mediapersons on a goodwill mission to Rajasthan.
A list of 20 journalists have been selected from across the State for the conducted press tour from May 23 to June 3, 2018, and the journalists would embark on their journey by flight tomorrow as the Chief Minister distributed media kits to the journalists.
Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said that in the last couple of years, Assam has occupied global importance. Considering the location of Assam and the Centre’s endeavour of keeping Assam and other northeastern states at the heart of India’s Act East Policy and the first ever Global Investors’ Summit held in Guwahati, have enhanced the global recognition of the State.
He hailed the efforts of journalists, which have contributed to Assam’s taking the limelight of an important global player. He said people’s perception towards Assam, with Guwahati being hailed as the Gateway to South East Asian Nations, has undergone a sea change and the media has contributed immensely towards that.
He further said that the ambit of the Fellowship would be extended to incorporate more journalists.
Sonowal said the goodwill visit of the journalists from the rural areas for three consecutive years to Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan augured well in realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’. He also expressed the hope that the conducted tour of media persons to Rajasthan would help in building healthy relations between the two states.
Sonowal also released Antaranga – the in-house journal of Information and Public Relations on the occasion.
Media Advisor to the CM Hrishikesh Goswami said that perspectives of journalists are different from those of the common people and therefore, they can give a positive momentum to society.
Director of the Information and Public Relations Rajib Prakash Baruah gave a brief snapshot of different schemes that the Directorate has taken. Editor of Sadin Anuradha Sarma Pujari and veteran journalist DN Bezbaruah also spoke on the occasion.
Legal Advisor to the CM Santanu Bharali, Additional Chief Secretary Dr AK Singh, Deputy Commissioner Kamrup Metro Virendra Mittal, litterateur Lakshmi Nandan Bora, nonagenarian journalist Dhirendra Nath Chakravartty, Asom Bani editor Dilip Chandan, Amar Asom editor Prasanta Rajguru, Dainik Janambhumi editor Utpal Baruah, Dainik Purbodaya editor Ravi Sankar Ravi, Prag News executive editor Dignata Oja and a host of other senior journalists were also present.