Role of greater women participation in media lauded in Bihar

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Patna, Nov 16 (UNI) Participation of increasing number of women in print and electronic media has provided a new thrust to the pillers of the fourth estate, felt Bihar Information minister Ramnath Thakur.

Inaugurating an interactive session with members of the local media on the occasion of the 'World Press Day' here today, Mr Thakur said the increasing role of women in media was more praiseworthy keeping in view the fact that unlike their male counterpart, they had to undertake greater responsibilities in their family as well in the society as a whole.

Overcoming mounting difficulties, a number of women journalists in Patna and elsewhere in Bihar had already made a mark in the media world, Mr Thakur said adding the government respected their commitment to their profession.

Regretting that scribes in the capital city did not have any Press Club of their own, where they could exchange their views to sharpen their skills further, the Minister said the state government was committed to helping set up the Patna Press Club soon by providing all logistic and infrastructural support.

Referring to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's recent statement in this regard, Mr Thakur said the preliminary work to identify the land for establishing Patna Press Club had already been initiated.

Also speaking on the occasion, Director, Press Information Bureau (PIB), Patna, Arun Kumar Verma highlighted the positive and constructive approaches of women journalists in India, like rest of the world, while covering important national and international assignments and women-related issues.

Patna, Doordarshan, Assistant Director P K Jha referred to the gender sensitivity in Media and said the style of presentation of women-related issues was biased.

Bihar Cine Society Chairman R N Das called for a change in the attitude of the media management for improving the coverage on women -related issues.

He also suggested esstablishment of a special help desk or women help centre in their organisations to provide a platform for the oppressed women to raise their voices.

Bihar Information Secretary Rajesh Bhushan refferring to the increasing number of the women journalists in local media, said a foolproof system must be evolved ensuring safe working environment for womenfolk.

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