The Chief Minister of Assam today held an interactive session with the editors and senior journalists of media houses of the state at Assam Administrative Staff College and sought their views and suggestion regarding overall situation of the state during the COVID-19 lockdown period and the way forward in case of relaxations and exemptions during the nationwide extension of lockdown period by two more weeks.
Calling on the media outlets to exercise utmost retrain while reporting news about administrative machinery engaged in the COVID-19 fight at the frontline without verification, the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that unauthenticated and unverified news could de-motivate and discourage all those who were dedicatedly providing their services to contain the outbreak of the global pandemic in the state.
He referred to the news about NSG soldier engaged in his security as infected by COVID-19 reported by certain media houses and said the report of the soldier was still awaited and such unverified news could create chaos and panic in the government machinery.
Terming the media as the conscience keepers and opinion moulders of the society, Sonowal said that that media’s conscientious decisions would determine in which direction the society would move. He also appreciated the role played by media during the lockdown period by disseminating the right information to the people, generating awareness and also by acting as a bridge between the people and the government.
Saying that he himself travelled to the districts to encourage and motivate the district administration officials led by DCs and SPs, Sonowal stated that constant reviewing of preparedness measures helped in ironing out administrative issues faced by different districts and to take a unified approach. Due to the high work ethic and planned activities Assam was performing considerably well in containing COVID-19 and the roles played by health, F&CS, police, PHED, power departments in this time of crisis must be appreciated, he said. T
The Chief Minister also referred to the slew of austerity measures taken by the State Government to cut down expenditures in the time of economic slowdown and said that guarded approach has been taken to relax certain economic activities to bring the state’s economy back on track post COVID-19.