Inaugurating the sixth edition of Malayalam daily 'Janmabhoomi', the mouthpiece of BJP's state unit here, he said the NDA government's policy on development of the media and communication would be straightforward and transparent.

"The government will not create a stumbling block in issuing licenses and other requisite permits," he said.

Javadekar recalled that freedom of the press had been gained from the British with 'great sacrifices' of many eminent men several of whom had been martyrs for the purpose.

He said it was most unfortunate that the press was 'mauled' during the Emergency and pointed out that there were great men even during that period who fought bravely to maintain its freedom and even underwent imprisonment.

For those opposed to BJP's ideology and policies, he said development of the media and communication network is essential for healthy growth of democracy.

In a post on twitter, Javadekar reiterated "government will not do anything to curb the freedom of the press in any form."

He, however, added that responsibility accompanies freedom and favoured self-regulation by the media.

"Along with press freedom comes responsibility and media needs to develop a mechanism for itself to decide its responsibilities," he said in another tweet.

Speaking at the event, Javadekar said the controversial Gadgil and Kasturirangan committee reports would be implemented only after taking into consideration the views of MPs, MLAs and all stakeholders.

The government's policy would be to implement development projects without impairing environmental and atmospheric equilibrium, he added. Senior BJP leader and former Union Minister O Rajagopal presided over the function.


In another tweet, Javadekar said government aims at more production, more economic activity and more jobs. He said government will go ahead with its mantra --pro-people decision that will be taken in national interest.

In a separate tweet, he said he would interact with people directly through the websites of his ministries.

"Websites of my ministries will have “Minister’s Corner” soon through which people can interact with me directly," Javadekar said.

(JPN/Agencies)

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