NEW DELHI, Dec 31: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today hosted a media get-together over lunch, which was attended by some of the prominent Delhi based TV anchors and reporters, representatives from print media as well as some of the veterans in the field of journalism .
This was a part of a regular routine, followed by Dr. Jitendra Singh, of holding periodic luncheon meetings with Delhi based media persons.
The informal interaction, lasting nearly three hours, offered an opportunity for free frank discussion on a wide range of current topics of national importance and the inputs available about these in different sections of the media. Dr Jitendra Singh recalled that in the past, Late Arun Jaitley always used to be a regular guest at such get – togethers and would be the centre of attraction because of his enlightened exchanges with media persons.
Media persons from different electronic channels and print newspapers offered their inputs about the current scenario in the context of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and other issues.
On the request of some media persons, Dr Jitendra Singh gave a brief resume of the Modi government’s plans for the newly created Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, as well as for North East. He said, on the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it has been decided to accord the same focus to Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, as was given to North East in the last five years.
Referring to a series of national level events being organized by the Union Ministry of Personnel (DOPT & ARPG), as a part of the outreach to the new Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, Dr Jitendra Singh said, several of the success stories from North East, including the Bamboo story, will be sought to be replicated in Jammu & Kashmir which too has a huge reserve of bamboo.
The media persons dwelt on a number of diverse issues and also engaged in casual and informal chats. They were all very appreciative of the recent successes achieved by the Department of Space Technology and were particularly delighted when Dr Jitendra Singh shared the information that Chandrayaan-3 will be launched most likely sometimes in 2020.