PASIGHAT, Nov 20: The Arunachal Pioneer, the seventh newspaper from the state has extended its feather to East Siang District on November 16 with a formal launch of its wide circulation at Siang Guest House by East Siang Deputy Commissioner R.K. Mishra in a simple but befitting ceremony attended by the officers, public leaders and students of the district while marking the press day.
While launching the newspaper, Mishra said that media being the backbone of democracy must actively work toward focusing all the major issues pertaining to the development and suggest better solution if any. Further, he stressed that media shouldn’t give undue importance to all those organizations by accepting their releases which has been ruining the basic fabric of democracy.
“We will give all support and security to media in the district as and when required,” added Mishra while thanking The Arunachal Pioneer for stepping into the district which he said will help in strengthening the administration by properly highlighting issues that go unnoticed by DA.
DSP BS Mehra too appreciated The Arunachal Pioneer, which he said has started doing good job by taking up issues of grave importance like lead story on Rashtriya Swastha Bima Yojna (RSBY). ADC (HQ) Nidhi Srivastava, DHO Balom Apum, DIPRO M Ezing, DFO (T) B Darang, SBI Chief Manager Alok Das, Osong Ering IAS Retd., public leader Kaling Moyong, student leaders Prodeep Megu and Ponung Darang cultural Secy. JNC spoke on the launching occasion.
Senior citizen Osong Ering IAS retd spoke at length while recalling his days of early administration in East Siang District during 1965 when the present DC office was shifted from its earlier office, now under Siang River. He drew the attention of the media to cover and highlight all the burning issues of the district like unhygienic system in the Pasighat market, illegal encroachment, rearing of pigs etc. by the government officers which is wasting and dirtying the fish pond in and around the town besides creating traffic problem in the roads.
The programme ended with much hope from certain quarters that The Arunachal Pioneer will really be pioneer in shaping the district and the state by duly playing its role of fourth pillar of democracy.