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Gorkhapatra should be voice of voiceless: CM Shahi
By Lalit Basel
Surkhet, Apr. 19: Chief Minister of Karnali State Mahendra Bahadur Shahi said on Thursday that the Gorkhapatra’s mission for the future should be development, prosperity and good governance.
Inaugurating the Gorkhapatra’s State-level journalism training in Surkhet today, CM Shahi suggested that the task of building the State and the country should begin from the nation’s oldest newspaper. He said that the Gorkhapatra was the only hope for true and unbiased news and stated that the paper should be the voice of the voiceless.
“The Gorkhapatra has a lot of trust among the people and it should work towards maintaining that trust,” said CM Shahi. He also emphasised that the Gorkhapatra should instil positive feelings among the public.
Karnali’s Minister of Internal Affairs and Law Naresh Bhandari lauded the Gorkhapatra for its commitment to the truth and said that it should prioritise Karnali State’s development.
Executive Chairman of Gorkhapatra Corporation Krishna Murari Bhandari informed, “We are moving beyond nostalgia and are going forward with a new zeal and enthusiasm.” He further said, “We are focused on presenting timely contents that grab the readers’ interest.”
He called Karnali as a goldmine of information and told all the reporters to be active in collecting news. He also ensured everyone that the Gorkhapatra would never deviate from its path of truth and objectivity.
Mayor of Birendranagar Municipality Dev Kumar Subedi stressed that the Gorkhapatra should be made free from any interference that results in the frequent changing of its editors and reporters.
Chairman of Surkhet Valley Development Committee Narayan Koirala highlighted the possibility of providing the Gorkhapatra with the required land at a minimal cost.
Editor-in-chief of Gorkhapatra Shreeom Shrestha pointed out the paper’s role in promoting federalism and said that it had allocated special pages for each State. Similarly, Consulting Editor of the corporation Gopal Khanal said that the Gorkhapatra would not exhibit any favouritism and prejudice towards anyone in the coming days.
Editor-in-chief of The Rising Nepal Jagadish Pokhrel, State News Bureau Chief Gokarna Aryal, coordinator of language page Kumar Bibekananda Mishra and Head of Gorkhapatra Planning Department Tara Basyal were also present at the inauguration ceremony.
Member of Gorkhapatra’s Board of Directors Durga Prasad Bhandari and trainer Sarat Chandra Osti delivered the vote of thanks.
The training programme for the reporters and columnists of the Gorkhapatra will conclude on Friday.