GUWAHATI, Oct 5 � Journalists Jitendra Kumar Choudhury of Dainik Asam and Manoshi Misra, a freelancer were handed over the Pabindra Nath Sarma and Kunjabala Devi Memorial Awards, 2012 respectively at the Bishnu Nirmala Bhawan auditorium this evening.
While Choudhury was chosen for the award for reporting on the rise in the rate of infant mortality in the State, Misra�s reporting on the disturbing trend of witch-hunting in Assam won her the recognition. The award comprises Rs 15,000 and a citation each.
Veteran journalist DN Bezboruah and chief guest of the function and Sahitya Akademi award winner Rita Choudhury gave away the awards to Choudhury and Misra respectively. The Pabindra Nath Sarma and Kunjabala Devi Memorial Awards are given for reporting on human rights and civil liberties issues and for reporting on woman issues.
Choudhury threw light on various aspects of human civilisation and things that drive people to choose between the right and the might.
She urged the journalist fraternity to become the voice of the voiceless and not get driven by materialistic obsessions.
�Every individual at some point of his life finds himself at the crossroads where he or she has to take that important decision, which goes on to shape his or her future course of action. The path of truth may be tough but it is what is going to pay you the real dividends,� Choudhury said, urging the young journalists to work more vigorously for the uplift of the unheard.
Veteran journalist Bezboruah, who presided over the function opined that journalists today are working in an era where things like �Paid News� and the influence of the corporate world are taking their toll on the profession.
�Corruption is deep-rooted and the Government has failed to provide security to the people. Instead, the system has become anti-people. Under the circumstances, journalists have their job cut-out,� the former editor of The Sentinel said.
Receiving the awards, both Choudhury and Misra shared their experiences with the gathering present on the occasion, which included PG Baruah, Editor, The Assam Tribune and president of the awards committee and PJ Baruah, Executive Editor The Assam Tribune and convenor of the awards committee.
Anil Sarma offered the vote of thanks on behalf of the family of Late Pabindra Nath Sarma and Kunjabala Devi.