The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that media has to avoid sensationalism and report news without coloring with views. He was addressing the gathering after giving away Pratidin Achievers Awards 2017, instituted by Sadin Pratidin Group, Guwahati, Assam today. The Governor of Assam, Shri Jagdish Mukhi, the Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.The Vice President complimented the Pratidin Group for instituting the awards to recognize the achievements of individuals from different professions. He further said that such awards will not only motivate the recipients to scale greater heights but will also inspire others to excel in their respective fields.Happy that the media group has not confined the awards to Assam alone and has conferred them upon achievers from across the North East, he added.
The Vice President said that Assam and the rest of North Eastern States are known for their rich culture, traditions, literature, folk arts and of course the breathtaking scenic locales. Representing diverse fields, the awardees have not only done themselves proud but the entire North Eastern region and the country with their achievements, he added.The Vice President while appreciating Pratidin Group for recognizing excellence in different fields, he also appealed to such media houses to conduct campaigns and competitions on issues such as Swachh Bharat to promote awareness on cleanliness and sanitation. Awareness should also be created on fighting various challenges confronting the nation such as growing atrocities on women, dangers of drug and alcohol addiction, casteism, religious fundamentalism, corruption, illiteracy and terrorism, he added.