SHIMLA -17 November, 2019

There is no shortcut for hard work and dedication:CM

Free press was a cornerstone and essence of a strong and vibrant democracy and freedom of press should be maintained at any cost. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said this while addressing the State Level function held on the occasion of National Press Day. While congratulating the journalists on the National Press Day, Chief Minister said that there was no shortcut for hard work and dedication be it journalism or any other profession, we should give our best to excel in the profession.

Chief Minister said that media people should always maintain high standard of professionalism and set an example for the others. He said that media should criticise but should guard against 'fake news' and desist from disinformation and misinformation. There are ethics of every profession and it should be upheld, he added.

Jai Ram Thakur said that reliability was the backbone of journalism profession as once the reliability is eroded everything is lost. He said that it becomes duty of the professionals that before reporting he or she should verify facts. He said that the State government was committed to uphold freedom of press and expression in all forms. He said that social media today has emerged as a strong and effective media, but at the same time it has proved a major threat for spreading misinformation and disinformation. He said that at times the misinformation spread in social media was being carried out in mainstream media, be it print or electronic.

Chief Minister said that the advancement in technology has changed the media scenario of the world. He said that media help the masses to get information about a lot of things and also form opinions and make a judgment regarding various issues. It is the media, which keep people updated and informed about what is happening around them and the world and everyone draws something from media, he added.

Jai Ram Thakur said that media affects people’s perspective and is also considered as 'watchdog' of political democracy. He said that in today’s world, media is the most powerful entity.

An interactive session on 'Reporting-Interpretation: A Journey' was organised by the Department of Information and Public Relations here on Saturday on the occasion of National Press Day.

Principal Secretary, Information and Public Relations, Sanjay Kundu and Director, Harbans Singh Brascon welcomed the Chief Guest, speakers and journalists present on the occasion.

Earlier, while addressing the media persons during interactive session, Editor of Amar Ujala newspaper Rakesh Bhatt said that fake news was more damaging than the paid news therefore it was responsibility of the journalists to bring out the truth based on facts. He stressed on training of the young journalists so that they could be made aware about changing trends in the media. He also emphasised on positive, inspiring and developmental reporting.

Veteran journalist and special correspondent of Uttam Hindu P.C. Lohumi, said that special focus should be on truth and facts while reporting. Due to hyper-localisation the sequence of questioning has stopped and what was relevant was not being covered and reported. He added that as a result of technological advancement, the reader and viewer had become more aware and has multiple options such as newspapers, television channels and social media to get news.

While expressing her views, Bureau Chief of The Statesman newspaper Archna Phull said that the event was an opportunity to introspect the journey of media and media plays an important role in building society. She emphasized on veracity of news based upon factual reporting. She said journalist should be corroborative and must verify the information received before disbursing it. She also stressed on individual credibility of the journalists.

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CM pays tribute to freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur paid floral tributes to the great freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai, popularly known as Punjab Kesari on his death anniversary by garlanding his statue at Scandal Point Shimla today.

Chief Minister said that Lala Lajpat Rai was a heavyweight veteran leader of the Indian Nationalist Movement, Indian independence movement, who inspired young men of his generation and kindled latent spirit of patriotism in their hearts with journalistic writings and lead-by-example activism. He said that young men, such as Chandrasekhar Azad and Bhagat Singh, were driven to sacrifice their lives for the freedom of their Motherland following Lala Lajpat Rai’s example.

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, MLA Surender Shourie, Mayor Shimla Municipal Corporation Kusum Sadrate, Deputy Mayor Rakesh Sharma, Deputy Commissioner Amit Kashyap, Commissioner Shimla Municipal Corporation also paid floral tributes to the great freedom fighter on the occasion.

Artists of IPR Department recited ‘Bhajans’ on the occasion.

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Himachal Pradesh likely to touch record trout fish production

  • target set for 800 metric tonnes trout fish production in year 2020-21

The perennial rivers of Himachal Pradesh provide immense opportunities for trout production and supplementing incomes of the fishermen. The state government is making all out efforts to promote fishery sector in a big way for which various schemes are being implemented.

Himachal Pradesh has emerged as major trout fish producing states in the country and trout fish production is likely to touch record 685 metric tonnes in the state during current financial year. The State Government has decided to open trout fish outlets at Shimla, Chamba and Kangra under CSS-Blue Revolution and these would be made functional shortly.

Trout Fishery in Himachal Pradesh has been introduced in 600 kms riverine length at higher altitude of cold water streams in snow-fed rivers of Beas, Sutlej and Raavi, which are most conducive for trout farming in the hill state. Total 568.443 metric tonnes trout fish production valuing Rs 2558 lakh was recorded in the state during the year 2018-19 in seven trout fish production district of Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Kinnaur, Chamba, Kangra and Sirmaur.

"The state has set up a target of 800 metric tonnes trout fish production in barren cold water during the year 2020-21 while 950 Metric tonnes trout fish production target has been fixed for the year 2021-22", said Fisheries Minister Virender Kanwar.

The department has chalked out ambitious marketing strategy for sales of trout fish to develop 940 trout units as revenue-earning centers to boost economy activities in trout fish sector .The department will establish trout cluster during current financial year for marketing of trout fish through mobile fish vans in the state. Presently, around 50 percent of trout produced is being sold outside the state mainly in five star hotels in metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai etc .

The State Government has also decided to shift focus on marketing to metropolitan cities by enhancing quality and quantity both to ensure remunerative prices to around 500 trout farming families in the state. The department of Fisheries is also developing online sale portal for fish in collaboration with ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi.

As many as eight trout farms have been set up at Patlikuhal, Hamni, in district Kullu, Holi Thaila and Bhandal in district Chamba, Barot in district Mandi, Sangla in distrcit Kinnaur and Dhamwari in district Shimla to boost trout fish production. The government has decided to set up 29 trout hatcheries in private sector in trout farming seven districts viz. Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Kinnaur, Chamba, Kangra and Sirmaur under CSS-BR and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna in the coming years. Each hatchery will have a trout ova production capacity of 2.00 lakh annually.

The state government is also planning to set up fish seed certification and accreditation agency for providing quality seeds and feeds to the trout fish farmers. In order to modernize technology and production processes throughout the trout value chain, ready to eat smoked trout canning centre is being set up at trout farm Patlikuhal in Kullu district in association with ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology CIFT, Kochi.

To promote Trout fish farming in the private sector in the state, financial assistance is being given under various centrally sponsored and state schemes for construction of trout raceways/units, hatcheries, feed mills, retail outlets etc. as per guidelines. The department is also providing Trout insurance to trout growers under state scheme.

Encouraging Fish Produce Organizations (FPO) is among the priorities of the government, which envisages development of post-harvest infrastructure for fish products and makes profitable markets to available them.