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Media not giving priority to development activities: Azad

Union Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad made a broadside at the electronic media for "blowing out of proportion" events and giving no priority to the development activities of the government.



Guwahati: Union Health Minister Gulam Nabi
Azad made a broadside at the electronic media for "blowing out
of proportion" events and giving no priority to the
development activities of the government.

"Twenty years ago we had only one electronic media -
Doordarshan. Today we have 100 channels. No channel is an
exception where we will not find which heroine is marrying
whom, scandals are exaggerated and blown out of proportion.
That`s the lead story," Azad said.
"No priority is given to development in the 100 channels.
What we lack most is to tell the people the achievements of
the government," asserted the minister speaking at a seminar
here on `Immunity 2010` organised by the NSUI Assam chapter.

"Huge amount is spent for Bharat Nirman by the UPA
government to reach out to the village and inaccessible areas
in the last five years. Unfortunately not a word on it from
the channels as construction is not their priority. It seems
the nation is on fire and there is goondaraj," Azad said
taking a dig at the channels.

"Only a one-sided picture is presented and there is no
positive picture. The youth wing of the Congress has to,
therefore, to take up the responsibility of educating the
public on the development activities of the government," he
urged the youth.
As part of the UPA government`s efforts to improve the
health care facilities in the country in the last five years,
he said, 650 district hospitals with 5000 sub centres, 25,000
public health centres with 1.5 lakh sub centres were set up
and seven lakh Asha workers at the village level were
appointed through the National Rural Health Mission.

Stating it was a huge task, Azad lamented that all these
development activities were not reflected in the TV channels
and newspapers reports.

PTI

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