New Delhi, April 27: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-way communication with the people has resulted in the exchange of a lot of ideas, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said on Wednesday, April 27.
He was addressing the valedictory function of the 65th Diploma Course in Development Journalism conducted by Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) here, where 22 students from 14 countries were awarded certificates.
Calling the students of the four-month-long course as India's "unofficial ambassadors" to their respective countries, the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, urged them to empower people through journalism.
"In our government, communication is a vital aspect. Our Prime Minister is very keen to able to connect in multiple ways with our people. He has developed a two-way communication. "When he does his 'Mann Ki Baat' on the radio, he solicits questions from the people and then answers them once a month. In our portal, mygov.in, people get to write to the Prime Minister directly and he and the administration get a lot of ideas from there," Rathore said.
On the occasion, two students, Ameera Mubarak from Jordan and Mengistu Lamaro Lagebo were conferred the Press Trust of India Award.
Nusrat Jahan (Bangladesh), Oluwatosinka Fayat Lawal (Nigeria) and Obed Mule (Kenya) were conferred the IIMC Award for International Understanding, Rajasthan Patrika Award and Prof VG Desai Memorial Award respectively. Social media accounts of the State-run institute were also launched on the occasion.
KG Suresh, a former journalist, was recently appointed as its new Director General.