Media only vehicle to interact with people: PC

Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said the media was the only vehicle through which the government could interact with the masses.

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2011, 23:00 PM IST

New Delhi: Terming 2011 as a "difficult year"
for the government, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said
though the media could be "harsh and critical" at times it was
the only vehicle through which the government could interact
with the masses.

"2011 has been a difficult year but an year not without
accomplishments. A lot has been accomplished in 2011. It is
our sincere wish that 2012 will be better than 2011,"
Chidambaram said at the inauguration of the Department of
Audio Visual Publicity (DAVP) calendar for year 2012.

The Home Minister also expressed his views on traditional
and emerging media at the function which was held at 22, Akbar
Road, the official residence of Information and Broadcasting
Minister Ambika Soni.

"Even though the media can be harsh and critical at times
it is the only vehicle with which the government can
communicate with the people. Alternative media is emerging but
I do not think it will replace the traditional media - Print
media and the electronic media," Chidambaram said.

"As the alternative media emerges, surely the government
will use the alternative media as well -SMS, Facebook, Twitter
and Internet," Chidambram said.

The DAVP calendar for 2012, which was unveiled highlights
the government`s Bharat Nirman and other flagship programmes.

In her speech Information and Broadcasting minister
Ambika Soni said that for the first time the Group of
Ministers, constituted by the Prime Minister for Media and
some young Minister colleagues who had been attached had got
together and would interact with the media on a continuous
basis.

Apart from Chidambaram and Soni, Union ministers
including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibbal and Ministers of
State Rajiv Shukla, Krishna Tirath, Pallam Raju, Sachin Pilot,
Jyotiraditya Scindhia, Purandeshwari and S Jagathrakshakan
were present at the function.

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The DAVP calendar for 2012, which was unveiled highlights
the government`s Bharat Nirman and other flagship programmes.

In her speech Information and Broadcasting minister
Ambika Soni said that for the first time the Group of
Ministers, constituted by the Prime Minister for Media and
some young Minister colleagues who had been attached had got
together and would interact with the media on a continuous
basis.

Apart from Chidambaram and Soni, Union ministers
including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibbal and Ministers of
State Rajiv Shukla, Krishna Tirath, Pallam Raju, Sachin Pilot,
Jyotiraditya Scindhia, Purandeshwari and S Jagathrakshakan
were present at the function.

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