Silchar, January 25: The State Government led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal offered New year gifts and wishes to all government-recognised journalists of Cachar district through the Directorate of Information and Public Relations Department.
The meeting held here on Monday on the occasion at Cachar Deputy Commissioner’s Office conference hall was presided over by the Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli in presence of Shekhar Dey, OSD to Chief Minister.
As many as 56 government-recognized journalists of the district, were offered gift packets on the ocassion.
While addressing the meeting DC Jalli recalled the contribution of journalists in combating the COVID-19 crisis and appreciated their role in spreading awareness among masses though their publications and reports. Terming the war against Covid as not over yet, She urged the press persons to keep the people aware even today.
She also hailed efforts of the District Health Department in battling against the crisis and hoped that the coming year brings peace and good health for all.
The Deputy Commissioner congratulated veteran poet poet journalist Atin Das for being named the Republic Day Journalist award from the Chief Minister. The District Administration accorded felicitation to Das with citation and shawl and felicitated his wife Arati Das on the ocassion.
Speaking on the occasion OSD to CM Shekhar Dey said that Atin das needs no introduction at all and his name is be to reckon with in the field of true journalism . He said it’s a matter of pride for everyone in the Barak valley that this time state Government is going to present the “Journalism Award” to him on Republic Day and his endeavour in the field of journalism will be remembered forever in the history of Assam.
Noted journalist Taimur Raja Choudhury praised the contributions of Das for all these years. He thanked Government of Assam for selecting Atin Das from Barak Valley for the prestigious award which reflects the Chief Minister’s call for parity between the two valleys. Senior journalist Madan Singhal also congratulated Das for his inspirational achievement. Shekhar Dey, the OSD To Chief Minister also recalled the works of Atin Das.
Happy with the warm reception, Atin Das said he is overwhelmed with the recognition from the Government. He went down memory lane and shared how he has seen the phases of journalism changing over time.
He urged journalists to keep rendering the role as vigilant soldiers much needed for democracy and urged everyone to spread love among fellow beings to make the country a better place to live and coexist.
Earlier in the meeting Incharge Deputy director of information and public relations Barak valley zone Dhrubojoyti Pathak delivered his speech and spoke about him at length ,he said
“noted journalist Atin Das started his career as a Stringer in a national daily newspaper in 1962, edited the weekly Barak from Silchar in 1966 and has been the Executive Editor of Dainik jugashanka since 1970 and Dainik jugashanka since 1990 as its editor”.
“Atin Das has gained a considerable reputation as a writer. More than fifty books written by him have already been published. Various writings of Atin Das have gained fame and acclaim at national and international level”. He quipped .
Additional Deputy Commissioner Rajib Roy also attended the meeting. This is stated in a press release issued from DDIPR office silchar Assam.