Announcing that house sites would be provided to all the journalists in the State, Minister for Stamps and Registrations Tota Narasimham on Friday observed that journalism was gaining momentum day by day and there was a steady increase in the responsibility being levied on the journalists.

The Minister was the chief guest at the valedictory of the two-day training programme for rural journalists organised jointly by the Andhra Pradesh Press Academy and Adikavi Nannaya University here. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Narasimham said Stamps and Registrations was the third largest revenue earning department to the State government and it earned Rs.3,800 crore in the last year.

“The target for the next year is set as Rs.6,700 crore,” he said, adding that focus was made on computerisation of records and construction of office buildings to all the Sub-Registrar offices in the State. “We are focusing on registration of marriages as well. Recently we have opened an office in Tirumala for the purpose and plans are afoot to open another office at Annavaram for the convenience of people getting married in the places of worship,” he said.

Chairman of the 20-point programme N. Tulasi Reddy explained in detail various salient features of the programme and wanted the journalists to give wide coverage to the programme, as it was aiming at poverty eradication at the grass-root. Vice-Chancellor of the AKNU P. George Victor, Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Press Academy Chairman Tirumalagiri Surender, and secretary Sanyasi Rao were present.