JK News Today
Srinagar, March 22:

In his first visit to the Kashmir division after taking over as Director Information, Rahul Pandey reviewed the functioning of the department in the Valley and exhorted the department officers to “ encourage healthy journalism “ in the Union Territory.

Rahul Pandey highlighted the importance of the content and quality of printing of publications
The meeting chaired by him reviewed the administrative issues of the department besides discussing various aspects relating to the guidelines laid down in the Media Policy and its adherence by the newspapers and other publications.

Director Information emphasized that department needs to encourage healthy journalism and ensure that publications adhere to basic standards of printing and original content. Improvement of Online Advertisement Distribution Portal, empanelment of newspapers, filling up of vacant posts, media coverage of major events also came up for discussion.

While discussing the issue of implementation of Media Policy, the Director said that those newspapers need to be encouraged which run on professional lines and maintain the desired standards. He said plagiarism and irregularity needs to be checked and added that the newspapers practicing this will have to face the action under the relevant provisions of media policy which may entail suspension and de-empanelment.

The Director issued appropriate instructions to the officers for making the functioning of the department more vibrant.

Urging upon officers to work in a coordinated manner, the Director asked them to ensure that adequate coverage is given to programmes and initiatives of the Government. He said that effective promotional campaigns need to be carried out to promote major events taking place in Jammu & Kashmir during the current tourist season.