Defunct DD, AIR Jammu need immediate revival: DSS

Gulchain Singh Charak addressing the media persons at Jammu on Wednesday. — Excelsior/Rakesh
Gulchain Singh Charak addressing the media persons at Jammu on Wednesday. — Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 26: The Central Working Committee of Dogra Sadar Sabha met here today to discuss various problems facing Jammu region and demanded revival of DD Jammu as well as AIR Jammu for affectively countering Pak propaganda.
“Old staff has retired without replacement and no fresh recruitment of artists, technicians or supporting programmers, producers, administrative staff has been made. Incapable, ill-equipped and understaffed DD Jammu is keeping the units on by re-telecasting old filed programmes of 3/ 4 years vintage,” he said.
Likewise, he added, the AIR Kendra Jammu, still called “Radio Kashmir Jammu” is not functioning as a AIR Station of a Capital city. “It is headless with no Director for the last many years and continues to be discriminated by the authorities. Final nail in the coffin of AIR Jammu seems to have been put by shifting of Dogri news bulletin from AIR Delhi to Jammu along with the news readers. This has not been done with any other regional language broadcast from AIR Delhi,” he alleged.

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Charak stressed that efficacy of LoC and IB areas to counter Pakistani propaganda is only possible when programmes in local spoken languages (Dogri, Gojri, Pahari, Punjabi & Urdu) are telecast/broadcasted. “Otherwise the border viewer/ AIR listeners will continue to tune in Pakistani propoganda in their own languages and even get these reproduced on their free Set Top Boxes through cable operators,” he added.
The DSS chief stressed that there is need to launch full satellite connected strong DD and AIR Jammu Kendras with designated Duggar Channels producing programmes in Dogri, Urdu, Gojri and Punjabi on 24×7 basis much bigger than DD Kashmir’s Kashir Channel and Radio Kashmir, which have to target limited 28 percent Kashmiri speaking geographical areas that too very thinly populated in Valley along LoC.
The meeting was attended by Prof N K Dogra, Col Karan Singh Jamwal, Prem Sagar Gupta, Gambhir Dev Singh Charak, Brig M S Jamwal, Col Dr Virendra K Sahi, Amanat Ali Shah, Maj Gen Sunita Kapoor (Retd), Chhankar Singh, Janak Khajuria, Madan Rangeela, Sandesh Veer, Balbir Singh Saini, Jagdish Raj, Dr Raghubir Singh, G A Khwaja, Mangal Dass Dogra, S Kulbir Singh and a delegation of more than sixty Sabha members from Tehsil Majalta.