ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Little Understanding, Less Information

Little Understanding, Less Information Nireekshak INDER Gujrars latest remaps in the Rajya Sabha on the proposed new "international news agency" lend themselves to only one inference, namely, that the Government has no clear idea as yet of what it wants or how to go about getting whatever it wants. The Minister of State for Information has often in the past made rambling references to the need for having a news agency which would disseminate objective information from and to India and expressed Government's anxiety to see one established. Neither he nor any other spokesman of Government has, however, thought fit to spell out any concrete suggestions for organising such an agency, or otherwise indicated how Government proposes to attain its objective. Was this to be done by setting up an entirely new agency or by reorganising one of the existing four to conform more closely to the requirements in view? Is the Indian Press capable of supporting a fifth agency when it seems unable to support; adequately even the two major ones how in existence and the other two, both Indian language agencies, which are still in their infancy and in bad shape? If an officially favoured agency comes into being, how will Government subsidies for other agencies be affected?

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