Sensitising media towards the aged, drug addicts

Mayor P. Janardhana Rao addressing a seminar organised by APWJF and IFWJ in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.  

Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: Speakers at a seminar on `sensitising media towards the old persons and drug addicts' urged media to play a pro-active role for a better society, here on Wednesday.

Inaugurating the seminar, Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao noted that the responsibility of safeguarding the society from all ills lay on the media and appreciated the efforts of media in highlighting issues and enable finding remedies as well. President of Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ) K. Vikram Rao sais the media was always on the forefront when it came to discharging its duties towards society and the seminar was being conducted by IFWJ and National Institute of Social Defence, New Delhi, in association with AP Working Journalists' Federation (APWJF) as part of the initiative. The media was trying to do its bit for the cause of the aged and also to prevent drug abuse, he stated. Mr. Vikram Rao was felicitated by journalists on the occasion. Delivering the keynote address, Associate Professor of Sociology in Andhra University S. Uma Devi, said what was concerning the Government and the society at large was that the 87 million aged people now would increase to 130 million by the year 2016 and touch 179 million by 2026. Regarding drug addiction, she said that drug trafficking was the biggest business after oil and sale of arms at 500 billion dollars annually and the media should play a pro-active role to help the aged and rid the ills of drug addiction in the society, she said. APWJF State general secretary G. Anjaneyulu said media was highlighting the problems of the aged and drug abuse on a regular basis as part of discharging its duties. APWJF State vice-president M. Koteswara Rao chaired the meeting . APWJF vice-president G. Sreenubabu, former president P. Parameswara Rao, Visakha Samacharam Telugu daily editor S. Veerabhadra Rao, Assistant Director of Information and Public Relations Nookaraju, Venugopal, and others spoke.