‘Women journalists in Kashmir lack basic facilities in offices’
SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has felicitated Greater Kashmir correspondent Zehru Nissa for bagging the prestigious International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) Global Health Reporting Award 2017.
Nissa was conferred with ICFJ award at a function at the New York Times headquarters in New York city, USA on September 18. She has got this award for a series of reports on maternal healthcare in J&K. She is among six winners selected by a distinguished panel of judges of ICFJ from more than 130 submissions from across the world.
In her felicitation message, Mehbooba said she was happy to see J&K’s young boys and girls emerging with flying colours in various fields and bringing laurels to the State.
Congratulating Zehru Nissa for the prestigious award, Mehbooba said she has become a great inspiration for her colleagues in and outside the State.
“I wish this enterprising young journalist best of luck for her career in journalism,” she said Mehbooba stressed the need for increased participation of JK’s girls in the field of journalism to effectively raise the gender and societal issues confronting the State’s women. She said women journalists need encouragement and a conducive office environment to exhibit their talent in a secure and comfortable environment.
“Some women journalists have complained to me that most of the newspaper and media offices in J&K don’t have the basic facility of a separate washroom for the female staff,” she said and added that the media offices should at least provide this indispensable basic facility for the female journalists to work comfortably.
The Chief Minister said she would ask the Director Information to explore the possibility of constructing dedicated rest room and washroom facilities for female journalists both at Press Colony in Srinagar and at Press Club Jammu.
She said the media must come forward to sensitively deal with the image of women and effectively disseminate achievements by JK’s women in different fields.
Mehbooba seeks interventions from HR ministry to improve school education
SRINAGAR: Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Anil Swarup called on the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti here Wednesday.
Swarup, who is on a visit to the State, briefed the Chief Minister about the initiatives of his Ministry regarding strengthening Education sector in the State.
The Chief Minister impressed upon the Union Secretary for adopting a systemic approach to further strengthen the Educational system in the State. She sought more technological, monitoring, delivery and inventional interventions from the Centre to further improve the quality of school education in the State. This integrated approach, she said, would also help students hone their personality traits or career skills in a better way to become responsible citizens of tomorrow.
Mehbooba Mufti also sought more student exchanges for the students of the State so that they remain abreast with the changing educational scenario in rest of the country.
Funding for SSA, Midday Meal scheme, strengthening of school infrastructure and other issues related to Education sector in the State came up for discussion during the meeting.