At the outset, I congratulate the media fraternity on occasion of the National Press Day being celebrated throughout the country under the auspices of Press Council of India. I also extend my thanks to the media fraternity for giving me the opportunity to be part of your celebration for the third time in a row. You would remember I was amidst you during your celebration two years ago for the first time as Chief Minister of the state.
Here I would like to express my appreciation to the media fraternity of the state for continuing with its tradition of felicitating people who have achieved something great and contributed to the service of the state and its people. I am happy to note that this year Mr Banta Natung, a young and budding writer, has been chosen for the felicitation. Natung, who is only 19 years of age, has created a ripple in the literary world by his book 'Memoirs of a Boy'. I believe, this recognition given today by the media fraternity, will inspire Natung to express his talent to the fullest by coming out with more such creative contributions. My wishes are with him.
While reiterating my commitment for welfare of the small but vibrant and growing media fraternity of the state, let us dedicate this day to analyze the role of media in a democracy by serving as an agency for the people to access information and help strengthening and supporting the democratic process. At the same time ensuring that its time honoured universal principles of verification and right to fair opportunity to all are not lost sight of.
As a committed friend of the press, I am happy that despite various hurdles the media fraternity in Arunachal Pradesh has never ceased to grow. I would reiterate my request that media be the eyes and ears of the government and mirror the grievances of the people without any fear and favour. I would like to appeal to my press friends to adhere to the fundamental objectives of journalism to eschew publication of inaccurate, baseless, graceless, misleading or distorted material, avoid conjecture, speculation or comment as a statement of fact to prevent avoidable misgivings in the minds of the people.
As Chief Minister of the state, I am with you. This is your government and you are all stakeholders like every citizen of the state. Please remember, the doors of the government are always open for you for any kind of discussion or suggestion.
I look forward to your constructive criticisms, suggestions and solutions so that my commitment to deliver a common man's government is fulfilled.
Together we will do it!
Jai Hind! Jai Arunachal!