Kathmandu, Feb 19 : Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Prasad Banskota, has urged Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS), the national news agency, to further refine its service, keeping in mind the national responsibility and need in keeping with the changing time. Addressing the 58th anniversary function of RSS here today, he said the National News Agency should play its role as the leading institution in the production, dissemination and distribution of news. “Give news about public interests not only that of the government. Establish yourself as the leading organisation. The government would provide the necessary support,” he said. The Communications and Information Technology Minister suggested RSS to internalize its role of establishing access to factual information and communications while calling for practicing genuine journalism.
Stressing on the need of developing RSS into a centre of creativity and as a ‘mill’ producing objective and truthful news, he said, “Give up the thinking that you are the government news agency. Do the genuine journalism. The government will always be with you.” Minister Banskota, saying that he himself had broached stationing RSS correspondents in India, China, the United Nations and other places, called on RSS to formulate apt policy, plans and programmes and also to implement them. As he said, all kinds of cooperation would be there from the side of the government and the Ministry to the policy and plans to be brought to establish RSS as the leading institution.
The Minister also directed the RSS management to also bring the institution’s physical properties to multiple-use.
RSS Executive Chairman Shyamal Adhikari said the news agency’s management was always effortful to developing RSS into a resourceful news institution.
Noting that they were moving ahead internalizing the duty and responsibility of making the institution more professional, Chairman Adhikari vowed to correct the technical lapses from the institution, if any, in the coming days.
He shared that a plan has been brought of carrying out works forming teams of professional journalists in all the seven provinces in line with the federal set-up. He added that the RSS was also planning to publish news bulletins in the official language determined by the province governments from the province capitals itself. Stating that the plan and concept has been brought aimed at moving ahead creating history, RSS chairman reiterated that success would be possible only through collective efforts and that RSS would be in a position to disseminate positive news.
General Manager Opendra Sharma said that RSS has been moving ahead gradually as the professional, capable and leading institution by improving it as per the time.
Saying the journey of RSS, started from litho print has now adopted modern online system, he said they have been involved with dedication to make the RSS further developed and disciplined in days ahead. GM Sharma further said that a plan has been made to collect news from all 753 local levels, editing and publishing it, which has moved ahead in the phase of implementation. He said that arrangement has been made to collect news, editing and publishing it from province level along with implementation of federalism, as well as process to appoint reporters in India, China and UN has moved ahead. Similarly, former Chairperson of RSS, Radheshyam Bista, said that RSS would bear the responsibility for the dissemination of fact and trustworthy news. Pointing out the need of investigation and training to disseminate balanced and fair news, he clarified that only the RSS would protect people’s rights to get fact information.
Likewise, Secretary of the Federation of Nepali Journalists, Sheetal Mahato, expressed the view that the government should give special attention to develop RSS as strong, capable and leading institution to improve Nepali journalism while FNJ RSS Chapter President Narayan Ghimire said that the role of RSS should be further expanded as per the changing time. Chairperson of Nepal National Employees’ Organisation, Prem Prasad Upadhyay, drew government’s attention for broader welfare of RSS making acts, rules and legal provisions timely. Similarly, Chair of RSS Employees Union, Kalika Khadka, stressed the need of collective initiative, saying there would be progress of the institution only from it. (RSS)