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Mangalore unit of National Federation of Akashavani and Doordarshan Employees (NFADE) held a daylong national seminar on ‘Akashavani – Then and Now’ at the SDM College of Business Management, Mangalore on Thursday November 4. The seminar was organized in co-ordination with Karnataka Media Academy, Bangalore.
In his presidential address at the one-day national seminar veteran
journalist and former chairman of Prasar Bharati,Mr.M.V Kamath
severely criticised the style of functioning of Prasar Bharati which is not
even in a condition to employee foreign correspondents. “The immediate
necessity is to retract Prasar Bharati Act and allow Akashvani
independently. There are highly talented personnel in Akashvani who are let
down and are not given an opportunity to exhibit their talent,” he said.
The seminar was inaugurated by Dr D Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Shree Kshethra Dharmastala.In his address Dr D Veerendra Heggade said that the radio remained as an effective and educative media after the independence of the country. Both Akashavani and Doordarshan worked hard in uniting the nation from rural areas to urban. He asserted that the south Indians have been able to speak in ‘Hindi’ because of Hindi news and other programmes broadcast in Hindi language. He added that Akashavani promoted sports and boosted agriculture sector in the nation.
Mr D Veerendra Heggade,
urged the Center to make efforts to maintain the identity of the two
organisations by ensuring proper financial inputs. ''Both Akashvani and
Doordarshan have stood for their efforts in providing information on various
social, cultural, music, dance and arts. It is the responsibility of the
Central Government to ensure that both Akashvani and Doordarshan maintained
the identity in the present age of high competition among the media
houses,''he said. Both the entities had also encouraged and promoted
agriculture through its regular programme. ''I have been greatly inspired by
these efforts in the promotion of agricultural activities in Karnataka,'' he
said. He also recalled that Akashvani, in the earlier days, was instrumental
in playing a pivotal role in creating awareness among the public through its
rural network coverage. It had also played significant role in promoting
culture, music and arts besides promotion of Hindi, the national language
and English through its news bulletins, he added.
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