Journos ‘watchdog of society’

Kohima | January 20 : The Kohima Press Club (KPC) observed its 11th foundation day here today at its Conference Hall with Kikheto Y. Sema, additional secretary to the Government of Nagaland as the chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Kikheto lauded the important role being played by media fraternity in keeping the society informed on daily happenings as well as building the society through their write-up.
He described media persons as the watchdog and mirror of the society and also appreciative of the healthy competition prevail among them.
You are eyes and ears of the society, he said adding that the society expects much on media persons to do good things for the betterment of the people.
Stating that media persons are privileged one in the society as they can be everywhere, he called upon them to develop better relationship with the public and live upto the expectation of the people.
The additional chief secretary also opined that the news must be unbiased and cross- check be done before it goes to print. He also called for balance reporting.
Kikheto also called upon the media fraternity to focus more in the rural areas saying that happenings are not only there in Dimapur, Kohima or other districts headquarters but many good things are happening in the rural areas too, where 80 % of state’s populace lives in the rural areas.
He maintained that there are many values where journalists can learn from the rural areas and also one can also experience the scenic beauty of mountains and rivers. He also stated that they can have a wonderful moment by spending a night with them.
The additional secretary also talked about the importance of vernacular newspapers in the state. He said that most of the people living in rural areas were unaware of many flagships programmes for the reason that the guidelines are entirely in English, that many cannot understand it properly.
In this, he said, the vernacular newspapers can reach to the grassroots level and called for strengthening vernacular newspaper in the state.
Stating that peace is requisite for all round development, he said that one should not fully depend on leaders, politicians, church, NGOs to bring peace but it should be the responsibility of each and every individual to let the peace prevail in the state.
He said that we all have to work together for peace and contribute for a better future.
Delivering welcome address, KPC president K.V. Nurumi asserted that the KPC since its establishment in 2001 remains as a unified group and always stand together for common interest of the press fraternity.
Though a small family, he said, the KPC will always remain united as one family and stand together to the service of the people.
The members also observed one minute silence prayer in remembrance of Late Deepak Chetri, founding president of KPC, who passed away on September 22, 2010. The KPC also conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family members.
Toshinaro entertained the gathering with a special number while the function concluded with vote of thanks by Asa Seyie, joint secretary KPC.