SILCHAR, Oct 1 - Following the decision by the government to observe the state-level ceremony of this year�s National Press Day on November 16 in the Barak Valley, officials from the Directorate of Information and Public Relations along with functionaries of the Cachar district administration held a preparatory meeting at the office of the Cachar Deputy Commissioner here today.
The meeting chaired by District Development Officer JR Lalsim was attended by representatives from different media houses of the Barak Valley and correspondents of state-level print and electronic media, sharing their thoughts with the departmental and administrative officials.
In the meeting, Kanakeswar Borgohain, Joint Director of Information and Public Relations, informed that the government has decided to honour six journalists from the Barak Valley in recognition of their illustrious and commendable services to the profession.
Shekhar Dey, Officer on Special Duty to the Chief Minister, conveyed the message of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal that the government, in it�s bid to bring the people of the two valleys closer, recognised the importance and power of the media in disseminating messages of change. Additional Deputy Commissioner Rajiv Roy also attended the meeting.
Zahid Ahmed Tapadar, Liaison Officer of the department, said this year the keynote address would be on the theme - �Reporting, Interpretation - a journey�.
He informed that the committee would be formed to execute the proceedings of the event in collaboration of the local administration and active support from the scribes.
On the other hand, noted journalist Taimur Raja Choudhury proposed that along with honouring the scribes, newspaper hawkers from here who are equal compatriots of the fraternity should also be honoured for their services.
In her speech, Lalsim expected that the event would be a grand success and sought cooperation from the stakeholders.
Earlier in the day, both Borgohain and Tapadar visited the regional office of Information and Public Relations department of the Barak Valley zone and took stock of the problems affecting everyday work in the office.
They also learnt about the urgent need for renovating the building along with proper toilet and sanitation facilities.
Dishonour to Tricolour alleged: The incident of alleged disrespect to the country�s national flag inside the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Karimganj has triggered a lot of curiosity as well as drawn flak from public and even netizens.
The incident came to light after a picture of the Tricolour kept inside a cupboard improperly became viral on social media.
Later, it was learnt that the flag was allegedly used to bundle official papers and files of the DC office.
Meanwhile, when quizzed about the incident, newly joined Deputy Commissioner Anbamuthan MP said the matter is of grave concern and assured that he would look into it and find out how such an error could happen.