Imphal, September 16, 2017 (DIPR): Information and Public Relation Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh said journalism is a responsible profession as a journalist serves as a mediator between the public and the government.

The minister was speaking at the 43rd Foundation Day of the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union at the Manipur Press Club.

Addressing a hall filled with media persons from different media houses and veteran media persons, the Minister said a media person should always abide by the journalistic principle and to maintain accuracy while filing any report. He explained maintaining accuracy in their reports will only increase the credibility of the media persons.

He further urged the gathering media persons to take an active role in spreading awareness of the various government schemes including the Pradhan Mantri Awaj Yojana, Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs (UJALA), Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), so that the public may take benefits from the welfare schemes.

Reacting to charge that the present government is only interested in inaugurating schemes and projects initiated by the previous government, the Minister who is also the spokesperson of the present BJP led government said a government is a continuous process. The present government is committed in completing the projects lying incomplete so that it could be handed over to the public, he added.

Disunity among the people has weakened the State, despite of all the unique talent and culture found in the people of the State, the Minister said. He observed that the media has a major responsibility in taking the society towards development, and further called upon the media fraternity to work in unity.

The Minister also assured to provide pension schemes to all veteran media persons who were left out. He also asked the union to submit DPR for renovation of the Press Club building.

Law Minister L. Jayenta who attended the function as the guest of honour said Freedom of Speech has certain restrictions and that media persons should be fully aware of it.

Elaborating on the correlation between media and law, the Law minister further assured all assistance in organising any legal awareness camp for media persons should the need arise.

Meanwhile, as part of the celebration, former presidents, and secretary generals of the union were also feted.

The function was also attended by Konthoujam A/C MLA Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh, AMWJU president Wangkhemcha Shamjai. Veteran media persons, officials of IPR also attended the function.

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