Assam CM writes to Prakash Javadekar for retaining AIR and DD, Dibrugarh’s status

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Guwahati: Raising the issue of Prasar Bharati’s directives for reassigning All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan Kendra (DK) in Dibrugarh as relay centres only, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal wrote a letter to union information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday.

Through the letter, he urged the Union I&B Minister to keep the present status of both AIR and DD Dibrugarh centres as these centres have been instrumental in reflecting the cultural mosaic and indigenous traditions of communities in Upper Assam and even eastern districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

Both the Dibrugarh centres of DDK, functioning as a full-fledged station since 1993 and AIR Dibrugarh, which completed 50 years in 2019, will have to not be relegated to the status of relay centres as Guwahati centres of AIR and DDK would be overburdened to accurately reflect the rich cultural nuances of this a part of country, he wrote.     

The Chief Minister, in his letter, also touched upon the concerns caused by transfer of artistes and employees from DD Dibrugarh to out of doors NE region without replacements and underlined the resentment caused a number of the leading citizens of the state approximately the conceivable loss of employment opportunities for native artistes in both the centres.

For preserving and sustaining the language, culture and heritage of the State, the present status of AIR and DDK, Dibrugarh will have to be retained and they will have to be allowed to transmit own in the neighborhood produced programmes, Sonowal wrote in his letter to the Union Minister.     

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The Bodoland/ Assam / India / International

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