New Delhi: After drawing flak from various quarters over the issues of black money, Lokpal and corruption, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has decided to brief a group of editors of the print media on Wednesday.

In the meeting of Congress Working Committee (CWC), it was decided that the Prime Minister should interact with media persons regularly.

It is only the fourth time during the United Progress Alliance-II when the Prime Minister will address the editors’ meeting.

Earlier, Manmohan Singh had briefed the editors of TV channels in February.

In fact, the Prime Minister has taken a vow of silence on the major issues like black money, Anna Hazare and Lokpal Bill.     

The Opposition has been seeking PM’s clarification on the issue of bugging in the Finance Minister’s office, in which needle of suspicion allegedly points to the Home Ministry.

Given the differences on some issues in the Cabinet, Congress President Sonia Gandhi convened a CWC meeting at her residence in which the Prime Minister was requested to communicate with the people through media on important issues.

The meeting also proposed that the PM should brief the selected newspaper groups and TV channels weekly.

However, the sources in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) denied the weekly briefing. But the PM will keep on addressing the media occasionally.

PM’s media advisor, Harish Khare, said he hopes that people will like PM’s briefing session with the
editors.

JPN/Bureau