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Show restraint in reporting, Dhumal tells journalists

Staff Correspondent

SHIMLA: Himachal Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has urged journalists to show restraint while writing against his government. He said a section of the media was continuously reporting about land scandals and unbridled establishment of private universities in the hill State.

Mr. Dhumal, who had honoured half a dozen media persons on Wednesday for “developmental journalism”, said: “These positive journalists have given the right perspective on government and educated the people.”

The Himachal Government is giving handsome cash awards to journalists for writing and highlighting the State government's achievements every year. Dismissing charges being levelled by Opposition parties against his government in allowing private universities acquiring land in the State, Mr. Dhumal emphasized that there was not a single instance where the State Government had allotted government land to private university.

Union Minister Virbhadra Singh had recently said that private universities had mushroomed like temples on every hilltop in the State.

The State unit of the Students' Federation of India and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarti Parishad are agitating against alleged rampant privatisation of higher education in the State. More than a dozen private universities, most of them in the border district of Solan, have come up in the past few years.

The Chief Minister urged media persons to be cautious while reporting “unsubstantiated charges” against the State Government. He said his government had been conferred about 30 awards at national level during its three years in office.

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