HOJAI, Nov 18: Hojai district administration along with Ajmal Foundation celebrated ‘National Press Day 2022’ in a befitting manner with various activities at Nazir Ajmal Memorial College of Education in Hojai on Wednesday.
On the occasion, three journalists of the district – Ramesh Mundra, Swapan Das and Pallavi Kalita were honoured for their contributions in the field of journalism. They were presented with a xorai, gamosa, citation and a cheque of Rs 25 thousand each.
Along with this, Ajmal Foundation provided financial aid to the families of four journalists – Late Bimla Prasad Talukdar, Late Rakesh Kejariwal, Late Ranjan Sharma and Late Tajuddin posthumously. The family members of those journalists were honoured with gamosa and a cheque of Rs 25 thousand each.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Khasrul Islam, director, Ajmal Foundation apprised everyone about the welfare schemes taken up by Ajmal Foundation for the welfare of journalist of the state. He said on the instruction of the trustee of Ajmal Foundation – Maulana Badruddin Ajmal and Sirajuddin Ajmal – these schemes were initiated and in coming years many more initiatives for the betterment of media persons will be taken up.
Dr Akhil Ranjan Dutta, professor, department of Political Science, Gauhati University who graced the occasion as chief guest said, “The media persons are the main pillar for the formation of a strong society.”
He also said that the credibility of journalists depends upon their truthfulness and unbiased workings.
Dr Dutta emphasised on regional reporting and said, “Regional reporting plays a pivotal role in the overall development of the society.”
He further led a detailed deliberation on the role of media in nation building. Deputy commissioner Simanta Kumar Das who was present as guest of honour also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the significance of media in the upliftment of the society.
ADC Manas Jyoti Nath, Dr Pijush Nandi, associate professor, Hojai Girls College and former senior journalist; Anup Barthakur, noted social worker and many other eminent personalities shared the dais.
On the other hand, Hojai district administration felicitated 24 government recognised journalists of the district with a book and certificate.
Simultaneously, Ajmal Foundation felicitated all the journalists of the district with gamosa and a certificate.
Ramesh Mundra, Pallavi Kalita and Swapan Das also spoke on the occasion and kept their views.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr MRH Azad, general manager, Ajmal Foundation.