GUWAHATI, March 5 - �Journalists are the conscience of the society and the rural correspondents have been portraying a true picture of the rural areas through their reporting. They are playing a proactive role in highlighting the problems afflicting the rural areas,� said Media Adviser to the Chief Minister, Hrishikesh Goswami, while wishing the team comprising journalists of suburban and rural areas of Assam yesterday for their trip to Gujarat.
The meeting was held at the Bhupen Hazarika Photo and Film Archive and Research Centre in the city.
It may be mentioned here that a team of 18 rural correspondents of the State is being taken on an exposure tour for the first time to Gujarat by the Information and Public Relations Department, Government of Assam, on direction of the Chief Minister.
Saying that the government and the media both work for nation�s development, Goswami said that as the fourth pillar of democracy, media must play a proactive role to correct the flaws of the government and highlight the issues of public interest to the administration. He urged the rural correspondents to witness the heritage and progress of Gujarat minutely and publish their experiences of how Gujarat implemented its development model to become one of the advanced states in the country on their return to inspire the youths of the State to commit themselves to the cause of the society.
Goswami also urged the journalists to portray a true picture of the State during their stay in Gujarat and highlight the current issues of Assam like the war against corruption launched by the Assam Government, the eviction drive in and around Kaziranga National Park following the direction of the Gauhati High Court, increase in the number of daily flights operating from LGBI Airport to 60, which has augmented the communication sector in the region, successful holding of the South Asian Games, holding of the Namami Brahmaputra Festival to harness the potential of the mighty river, planning of express highways on both sides of the Brahmaputra, construction of Asia�s longest bridge over the Brahmaputra connecting Dhola and Sadiya and the vibrant relation between the media and the State Government.
Additional Secretary of the Information and Public Relations Department, Rajib Prakash Barua, and Editor of Raijor Batori Bhupen Bhattacharjya also spoke in the meeting. Director of the Information and Public Relations Department Ranjit Gogoi explained about the trip at the beginning of the meeting. The members of the journalists� team were presented gamosas, mementos, etc.