PIB Sgr organizes Media Workshop ‘Vartalap’ at Budgam

Budgam: To build a direct interface between the government and the journalists working at district and sub-district levels across Kashmir division, Press Information Bureau (PIB), Srinagar, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India Monday organised Media Workshop “Vartalap” at district Budgam.

The workshop, organised at the Conference Hall of Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) Office, was presided over by Additional District Development Commissioner Budgam Dr Akramullah Tak.

In his address, Dr Tak appreciated the efforts of PIB Srinagar for organizing the media workshop and said that it is the best platform for a dialogue between media and government as it is the need of the hour. He also presented the development scenario of district Budgam and informed the gathering about the progress made under various Central Government schemes and initiatives in the district.

He expressed hope that more such programmes are organized in future as they prove to be very productive for all stakeholders. He said that media is the watchdog of society and positive criticism from the press will help improve working of government. He impressed upon journalists to keep upliftment of masses in mind and adhere to all professional standards.

Assistant Commissioner Development Budgam, Nuzhat Qureshi congratulated PIB for organizing the workshop and gave an overview of the working of the Rural Development Department. She said that the Panchayati Raj System is the true corner stone of development and a three tier system has been put in place in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. She informed the gathering that elected representatives of local bodies have been sent to various institutions across country and that these exposure visits help them to perform their duties better.

Qureshi said that the administration is working in full swing to realize the implementation of sustainable development goals at the local level. She said that development now happens from bottom to top and that institutions like Panchayati Raj play a pivotal role in this.

Commenting further on the efforts of the government, Qureshi owing to the success of programmes like Back To Village, the administration has been able to come up to the expectations of the people and fulfill the demands raised by them.

Chief Education Officer Budgam Mushtaq Ahmad Qadri presented an overview of the working and achievements in the education sector in the district. He said that Budgam district has one teacher for every 14 students and one school for every 66 students which is better than the national average.

District Nodal Officer (PMJAY) Dr Lahoot Hasan presented an overview of the health scenario of district Budgam. She said that a total of 216 health institutions are operational in Budgam district and all are working to full capacity.

District Information Officer Budgam, Erim Aziz while addressing the participants said that media acts as the fourth pillar of democracy and it is the responsibility of media to bring issues of people to the notice of the government so that action can be ensured and grievances addressed.

Deputy Director (Media and Communication), PIB Srinagar Tariq Rather in his concluding remarks emphasised on the importance of “Vartalap” which is a platform for journalists working at district level to gain some insights about their role in development journalism and responsible reporting.

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