Bathinda, Oct 28 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today lauded the role of media for setting the political, social, economic, educational and cultural agenda of the country besides highlighting issues of significant public interest affecting the daily lives of the people.
Addressing on the launch of Bathinda Edition of 'The Tribune', Mr Badal said, "It is a red letter day in the history of Bathinda as the new edition would not only serve the Malwa region of Punjab but also the adjoining areas of Haryana and Rajasthan." He said "Media has every right to criticise the shortcomings of our Parliamentary or political system, in fact it should spare no effort in exposing the inadequacies. The fundamental objective of journalism is to serve the people with news, comments and information on matters of public interest in a fair, accurate, unbiased, sober and decent manner." Appreciating the role of 'The Tribune' in the socio-economic development of Punjab, Mr Badal said it had been the 'Voice of the People' of Punjab ever since its first publication. "The Tribune and Punjab have an inseparable association, as the newspaper was founded in the erstwhile Punjab by a great visionary Sardar Dayal Singh Majithia on February 2, 1881 at Lahore," he added.
In his welcome address, Tribune Editor-in-chief H K Dua said the Bathinda edition would cater to the needs of the people of southern Punjab and highlighting their problems and achievements.