Kathmandu, July 8: The, the National News Agency, on Wednesday submitted a proposal on providing all the media, both the mofussil and those with small investment, easy access to its services, to the Ministry of Information and Communications. The proposal also includes the concept regarding this.
The proposal seeks additional government investment for providing the news and services of RSS, the state-authorized news agency, to the media with small investment in all the districts, in an easy manner.
Receiving the proposal, Minister for Information and Communications Dr Minendra Rijal gave assurances of taking initiatives for the formulation of the budget and programme as to how the RSSâ€™ services could be provided to the media including the radio and newspapers in the mofussil in an effective way, after studying the proposal.
The Minister urged RSS to improve the quality of its news service and come up with a detailed proposal for this.
RSS Chairman Kul Chandra Wagle, while handing over the proposal to Minister Rijal, said both sides- the state and the media with small investment â€“ would be benefited significantly with the dissemination of news, photos, audio clips and other news-related materials on behalf the state through RSS.
RSS General Manager Shreeram Singh Basnet maintained that the unauthorized use of RSS news could be checked and the journalism sector in the mofussil get to exercise the press freedom if works could be carried out as per the proposal.
Member of the RSS Board of Directors Gangadhar Parajuli, who is also the coordinator of the RSS Broader Interests Sub-committee, said the proposal has been forwarded in the context of the authentic news and information of the government reaching to the masses through RSS which is disseminated by the media in all the 75 districts.
RSS, the only state news agency serving the nation since 1961, has been providing different services as Nepali and English news, international news, audio clips, feature news, photos and the economic bulletin to its subscribers from 6 in the morning until 10:30 pm every day. At present 171 subscribers have been using RSSâ€™ different services.
Present in the proposal submission programme at the Ministry were the RSS Chairman, General Manager, the Deputy General Managers Nirmala Acharya and Surendra Bahadur Nepali, Board member Prajuli, Administration Section Chief Somnath Lamichhane, Administration Deputy Chief Uttam Silwal, Board member and Chief Reporter Surya Chandra Basnet, among others.