Special Correspondent

‘Newspapers should be a link between Government and people'

Media should function as a watchdog,

says Eshwarappa

SHIMOGA: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said here on Sunday that the newspapers were of great help to him in understanding people's problems and finding solutions to them.

Addressing a gathering, here on Sunday, after launching the Shimoga edition of Hosa Diganta, a Kannada daily, he said his day starts with a cursory glance over all the important newspapers and before “I go out on a stroll in the morning, I bring people's grievances in the newspapers to the notice of the officers concerned, and ask them to explain the position and possible solutions.”

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that he had made it a point to respond positively to the comments and criticisms from readers.

Emphasising the role of newspapers in unbiased news reporting, he said that they had a responsibility to strengthen the roots of democracy. “They should serve as a communication link between the Government and people,” the Chief Minister said.

Measures taken

Highlighting his Government's responsiveness to the demands of mediapersons, he said that he had taken several measures to improve the functioning of professional bodies of journalists, including the budgetary allocation of Rs. 5 crore for the construction of the building for the Working Journalists' Association in Bangalore and Rs. 3 crore for the construction of similar buildings in district headquarters, Rs. 1 crore for Media Academy and the increase in monthly pension for journalists from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 2,000.

Mr. Yeddyurappa hailed the contribution of Hosa Diganta in journalism and said the reason for its success was its policy “nation first”.

State BJP president K.S. Eshwarappa said newspapers should function as watchdogs, reminding both the ruling as well as the Opposition parties of their roles.