Guwahati: “A vigilant media is a prerequisite to keep a democratic society robust and healthy. Media must make the government accountable before the public and constructive criticism is necessary to a keep the government on track,” said Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday.
The minister praised the media fraternity on the occasion of National Press Day, while attending a state level programme at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra.
He added, “During the COVID-19 pandemic, the media persons always stayed at the forefront and did not shy away from their duties to get news for people, even at the risk of their health.”
Admitting that media sector has lots of problems and COVID-19 pandemic also impacted it negatively, along with other sectors, Sonowal said that state government has been taking various steps for the welfare of the journalist fraternity and would launch more such schemes in the future as well.
The Chief Minister also referred to his visits to 36 districts during the trying times of Coronavirus induced lockdown and appreciated the role played by media personnel which he witnessed during those visits.
Along with health department, which had the most crucial responsibility during the entire pandemic situation and other agencies like police, PHED, fire brigade, power departmentetc, media personnel also played key part in dissemination of information among the public and acted as a bridge between the government and the public, Sonowal said.
Sonowal also thanked the media for its support to the state government in the crusade against corruption and urged the media to highlight the state government’s initiatives to protect the natural environment of Assam and motivate the youngsters to contribute in this mission.