Special Correspondent

State Information Commissioner R. Dilip Reddy addresses refresher course

VISAKHAPATNAM: State Information Commissioner R. Dilip Reddy has urged media to promote awareness on the Right to Information Act among the public for achieving an equitable society.

Delivering the inaugural address at the inter-disciplinary refresher course in journalism and mass communication being conducted for the faculty of affiliated colleges and university departments in Andhra University here on Wednesday, he felt that every citizen should know his or her rights and be able to challenge in the event of failure to get the rights. “Indian media have been at crossroads. Media have been influencing society more than anything else. In a democracy, there should be freedom of speech, but the issue is whether this freedom is misused. Right to Information Act is not known to many people including some government officials and therefore, it is not properly used,” he stated.

Key persons

Director of UGC-Academic Staff College G. Ramachandrudu who presided over the function, said that journalists were not given importance earlier, but now they were key persons whose presence was felt and most respected. The profession was growing in the areas of print medium, electronic medium, film industry, public relations and advertising, he observed. There were 30 participants from West Bengal, Punjab, Mizoram and Orissa attending the course, he disclosed. Course coordinators P. Bobby Vardhan and DVR Murthy spoke. Earlier, Prof. M. Ramesh Babu welcomed the gathering. Prof. NAV Prasad Reddy proposed a vote of thanks.