Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today attended the meeting of Indian Industries Association (IIA) at Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.
During this meeting, he held discussion with the officer bearers of the Association regarding inviting industrial investment in Himachal Pradesh. He said the state government was providing industry friendly environment and various incentives were also being offered to the investors.
Urges people to preserve culture and traditions
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today inaugurated the six-day long international Renuka Ji fair by offering prayers before the palanquin of the presiding deity Lord Parshuram at Renuka Ji in Sirmaur district. Thereafter, the he led the procession by giving shoulder to the palanquin of the presiding deity.
The fair marks the annual union of Lord Parashuram with his mother Goddess Renuka Ji on the eve of ‘Dashmi’. Every year on the occasion of “devprobodhini ekadashi”, the traditional Renuka Ji fair is organised on the banks of the Renuka lake in which lakhs of devotees from across the country participate with great enthusiasm.
As per the tradition, the palanquin of Lord Parshuram is brought to Renuka from the ancient temple in Jamu Koti village and after performing religious ceremonies, including a holy dip in the lake it is carried back.
The Chief Minister said that Himachal Pradesh was a rich repository of diverse culture and tradition. The fairs and festivals celebrated here not only symbolises rich culture and diverse tradition of the state but also provide healthy entertainment to the local people as well as the tourists. He said even people of the state were known for their love and regard for their traditional customs and culture.
The devotees dressed in colourful traditional attire danced to the tune of traditional songs and divine melodies to celebrate the festival of the main deity making the atmosphere mystic and blissful.
Jai Ram Thakur also inaugurated the exhibition put up by various government departments, boards, corporations and NGOs showcasing the development activities of their respective organisations and departments.
The Chief Minister was given rousing reception enroute from Maina Bag helipad, about 14 kilometres from Renuka to the Mela ground.
Speaker, State Vidhan Sabha Dr. Rajiv Bindal, Vice Chairmanm State Civil Supplies Corporation Baldev Tomar, MLA's Sukhram Chaudhary, Suresh Kashyap, Harshvardhan Chauhan and Vinay Kumar were also present on the occasion among others.
· State level Press Day function held in Shimla
The state level function on the occasion of National Press Day on the theme- 'Journalism Ethics and Challenges in Digital Era' was organised here today by the H.P Information and Public Relations Department.
Addressing the interactive session, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur stressed that the journalists should give more importance to developmental reporting so that the welfare policies and programmes of the government could reach the common people living at the lowest ebb. They should also highlight the issues relating to the common masses on priority so that appropriate action could be taken at the government end.
The Chief Minister said that journalism was rightly called the fourth pillar of democracy as it was playing a major role in upholding democracy and has influence on our day-to-day life. He said that there was not even a single field which was devoid of challenges and journalism was also not an exception. In the recent years, working as a media professional has become very challenging. Extreme work pressure, time constraint, the competition to survive, culture of paid news and advertorials adopted by media houses for their survival have caused huge pressure on the media as a whole, he added.
Jai Ram Thakur said that in this era of communication, everyone was a communicator or news provider. This has made the role of the working journalist far more complicated and challenging. He said that the Himachal Pradesh was fortunate to have highly professional media. He said that journalist must ensure that whatever they publish or broadcast was factual so that they maintain credibility amongst the masses. The journalists must function freely, fearlessly and without any bias so that they did not lose credibility with readers and viewers.
He said that the present digital era has posed a big challenge before the print media. The social media in particular should work with greater responsibility and professional ethics. At times, it has been felt that social media in a bid to catch the deadline disseminate news without verifying facts. He said that the journalists working in web media must ensure that whatever they report must to based on facts.
The Chief Minister also released magazine Penmanship Personified published by Sarla publications, Shimla and edited by Dr. Usha Bande, a retired Principal from Government College, Arki.
Earlier, during his address, senior journalist Ashwani Sharma said that digital media has come up as a strong media. We will have to accept the changes in the journalism resulting due to technical advancements. As far as credibility and authenticity of digital technique was concerned, the question would always remain unanswered because nobody can take responsibility of social media. He stressed that the journalists would have to redefine their role as social media was breaking the on-spot news instantly.
He said that despite emergence of digital media, the importance and role of newspapers has not gone down as the news is published on certain ethics and responsibility is also fixed for providing misinformation.
Media Advisor to the Chief Minister Rohit Sawal said that techniques are changing fast and the digital media is the future media as people do not have enough time to go through detailed news items. However, it should be ensured that the ethics of journalism are not compromised for speedy delivery of news.
Assistant Professor of journalism department of H.P. University Shimla Dr. Vikas Dogra threw light on various aspects of journalism. He said that complete responsibility should be fixed while publishing or reporting any news.
Director, Information and Public Relations Anupam Kashyap while welcoming the Chief Minister and other dignitaries said that the Press Day celebrated each year symbolises free press in India.
He said that state government has maintained cordial relations with the media persons and various schemes have been started to ensure their welfare besides providing facilities up to sub-division level to facilitate them in their day-to-day working. He also thanked the journalists for giving wide publicity to the welfare schemes and developmental works of the state government.
Joint Director Pradeep Kunwar presented the vote of thanks.
Chairman, HIMFED Ganesh Dutt, Advisor to the Governor and Chairman Journalism Department, HPU Dr. Shashikant Sharma, journalist from print, electronic and web media and students of journalism department of HP University and APG university participated in the function.
Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur during State level National Press Day at Shimla on 16 Nov 2018.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that energy conservation was vital as without it, the world would deplete its natural resources and the humanity would have to depend on alternative energy resources, which comes at the cost of creating an enormous destructive waste products causing adverse impact on mother earth.
He was presiding over the state level painting competition on energy conservation organised by the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) under national campaign on Energy Conservation-2018 of union ministry of Power, here today.
The Chief Minister said that the goal of energy conservation techniques must be to reduce demand, protect and replenish supplies, develop and use alternative energy sources. This can be achieved either by using energy more efficiently or by reducing the amount of service used. He said that habit of energy conservation must be inculcated in the younger generation to save energy for the future generations. The school children can play a vital role in energy conservation as they can act as brand ambassadors in this direction.
Jai Ram Thakur said that Himachal Pradesh is the first state in the country to frame investor friendly hydro power policy under which several incentives have been announced for the potential power producers. He said that the state has immense power potential of over 27000 MW which when fully harnessed would transform the economy of the state. Out of this, over 10500 MW Power potential stands harnessed. He said that SJVNL was the major partner in harnessing this potential and thus a partner in development of the state.
He said that the SJVNL was not only operating its business through hydro, thermal, wind, and solar energy power projects, but also rendering yeoman’s service by its CSR projects through SJVN foundation by helping the masses through donations, scholarship programmes etc. He said that by organising the painting competition, the SJVNL has provided an apt platform for the students to exhibit their talent besides sensitising them regarding importance of energy conservation. He expressed happiness that about 1.50 lakh students of over 5000 schools of the state participated in this competition.
Jai Ram Thakur said that SJVNL has emerged as one of the leading corporation of the country in power generation and credit for this goes to the dedicated officers and officials of the corporation.
He gave away prizes to the winners of the painting competition.
Chairman cum Managing Director, SJVN Dr. Nand Lal Sharma said that the SJVNL would continue to contribute in the development of the state. SJVNL is executing 19 power projects in the State. He thanked the state government for allocating 780 MW capacity Jhangi-Thapan hydro electric project to the company for execution. He said that SJVNL was ready to exploit the untapped power potential available particularly in the tribal districts of the state.
He also highlighted salient features of the painting competition. He said that a national level painting competition would be held during next month at New Delhi in which three students of the state would participate.
Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, Chairman, HIMFED and Independent Director cum Chairman CSR Committee SJVNL Ganesh Dutt, Directors of SJVNL and other senior officers of SJVNL and state government were present on the occasion among others.
A presentation was made by FDDC and Bureau Group Company Ltd., a Chinese company before the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur here today regarding providing smart alternative transport system for the Shimla town.
The Company detailed about providing smart transport such as mono rail, ropeway, lifts and escalators etc. for the town.
Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Power Minister Anil Sharma, Transport Minister Govind Thakur, Principal Secretary Transport J.C. Sharma, Additional Principal Secretary to the CM Sanjay Kundu, Principal Private Secretary to the CM Vinay Singh, representatives of the Chinese company and other senior officers of the state government were also present on the occasion.
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