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Scribes asked to interact with people to know their problems

By Our Staff Correspondent

VIRAJPET, JAN. 11. The Minister for Labour and Haj and district in charge, Tanvir Sait, on Tuesday called upon presspersons to uphold the ethics of journalism and use it to do good to society.

He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating the new office of the Press Club on the Town Municipal Hall premises here. Newspapers should expose the ills of society. At the same time, they have to enlighten people about various schemes of the Government, he added.

Mr. Sait said the politician-media relationship is imperative to solve the problems of the people. Newspapers bring the problems to the notice of those in the Government, who solve them, he added.

Scheme

The Minister said he will involve former ministers, legislators and elected representatives in devising a scheme for the district's development.

The press can interact with the people of the district to know their problems. Installing Internet facility will do good, he added.

`Shape society'

Suma Vasant, former Minister, said newspapers have the responsibility of shaping the destiny of society through impartial and objective observations. She said media in Independent India has upheld the morals and culture of the country.

She urged the members of the fourth estate not to indulge in slander or character assassination. Adhering to the code of conduct will help promote a healthy society, Ms. Vasant said.

Press lauded

C.S. Arun Machaiah, MLC, who presided over the function, lauded the role of the press in Kodagu, and said it has prevailed on the Government to take up many development works.

However, much more needs to be done. He said the absence of yellow journalism has paved the way for healthy competition among newspapers in the district.

T.P. Ramesh, president of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat Kodagu unit and chairman of the Patrika Bhavan Trust, detailed the history of journalism in Kodagu, which began with the launch of Kodagu Chandrika at Shanivarasante in Somwarpet taluk.

He expressed concern over State and national-level newspapers bringing out regional and local editions, saying that it will harm the prospects of small and medium newspapers.

Watchdog

The President of the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat, Chitra Ramesh, exhorted the media to continue to play the role of the watchdog.

The President of the Virajpet Taluk Panchayat, V.A. Venkatesh, called upon all journalist organisations in the district to unite in their own interest.

K.K. Shashidhar, president of the Kodagu District Journalists' Association; and M.P. Keshava Kamat, president of the Virajpet Taluk Journalists' Association; Farooq Rahim, President of the Virajpet Town Panchayat; Lakshminarayan, president of the Virajpet Press Club; and its secretary, Lakshmikant, were present.

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