Minister opens exhibition of rare newspapers
Muheet ul Islam
Srinagar: Minister for Information, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumers Affiars, Chowdary Zulfkar Ali, Tuesday
inaugurated an auditorium cum conference hall at the media complex of Information department and laid foundation of a library cum reading Room.
He also unveiled an exhibition of rare newspaper archives and photographs.
The 220-seater Auditorium and 50-seater Conference Hall with video conferencing facility has been constructed by the R&B Department at an estimated cost of around Rs 4 crore.
On the occasion Zulfkar said that the utility of the department of Information and Public Relation office was not confined to the department but extended to entire media fraternity.
Zulfkar also inaugurated an advisement portal of the department.
Along with clippings of newspapers from 1930, the exhibition was full with photographs of government events under the PDP-BJP regime.
Zulfkar said that it was because of former Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Saeed’s vision and guidance that the department was able to inaugurate the auditorium.
“We collaborated with the Department of Public works and constructed the auditorium and media center equipped with modern technology” he said.
Stressing on the need of merging media with technology Zulfkar said, “Today’s newspaper becomes tomorrow’s history and we need to preserve our heritage. New generations do not have information about history and we now have to preserve our history from now so that future generations can easily find their material for research”.
Minister for Department of Public Works, Nayeem Akther, who was also present on the occasion said that the department should also display the photographs along with short biography of veteran Kashmiri journalists.
He added that media being the fourth estate of democracy, young Kashmiri journalist should stop seeing Kashmir’s history through narrow prism.
“Kashmir has a vast history but they pretend to see it through small prism,” Akhter said.