New Delhi: The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has received a cheque of Rs. 2,00,33,910/- from Deccan Herald, a leading English daily, as contribution towards Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF), here today. The Political Editor and Bureau Chief of Deccan Herald, Shri Shekhar Iyer, handed over the cheque to Dr. Jitendra Singh, and said that the amount had been contributed by the readers of Deccan Herald as well as its staffers and employees.
Acknowledging the gesture, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, even though relief donations are dropping in from all parts of the country and abroad, as also from diverse sources ranging from political parties, social groups to renowned philanthropists like Mr. Bill Gates, contribution received from Deccan Herald assumes a different kind of significance because it has been collected by media persons who are actually the opinion makers in a democratic society.
Appreciating the role of media at times of different calamities faced during the last one year of the Modi Government, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, whether it was floods in Jammu & Kashmir or the Hudhud cyclone in Andhra/Odisha coast or the earthquake in Nepal, Indian media’s reporting was always prompt and positive. At all such occasions, media went beyond its brief and also performed the role of social activism by informing about the whereabouts of missing people and at the same time prompting a mass movement among people to come forward and help the government in whichever form possible, he added.
Shri Shekhar Iyer, Political Editor & Chief of Bureau of Deccan Herald said that their establishment is always in the forefront for offering assistance for social causes and therefore, its proprietors and the editorial heads were keen that the relief amount should be deposited directly in the Prime Minister’s office (PMO).