FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, March 8: The media industry in Aruchal Pradesh received a shot in the arm with the launching of - Look East Spark, a monthly magazine by Chief Minister bam Tuki at a glittering function here on Saturday night.
The magazine, covering varied topics for all strata of readers, is aimed at illumiting minds of like-minded people of the North East region and to create employment avenues for unemployed youths of the state in tune with Tuki's mission of skill development and employment generation.
"The idea to start the monthly publication is to exploit the hidden talents of the state vis a vis to market the region with immense potentials to the outside world," CEO and Editor of the publication Karpu Chisi said.
She said the magazine would not only provide the readers a plethora of topics on various subjects but create ample job opportunities to the unemployed youths.
Congratulating the dedicated team of the publication, Tuki in his brief speech said that the magazine would contribute to the state government's endeavour in employment generation besides skill development.
"Good days are in the wings for Aruchal and with such endeavour we can lead our state to the ladder of development," the chief minister emphatically said.
"Media is the only instrument to unite people and lead them to the path of progress and prosperity," he pointed out adding, such initiative would help in highlighting the immense potentials of the state as well the region to attract outside investment.
"People have started realizing the potentials of the region… though much have been done to exploit it, but lots need to be done…We have to develop each other with positive approach, thinking and attitude so that we can reach up to the expectations so as to match with other developed states of the country. For that we have to work as a team and treat all constituent states of the region as a part of the family," he added.
Assuring the Fourth Estate of all possible help, Tuki exhorted the audience to utilize the state's potential meaningfully.
"My government is encouraging art and culture, film makers and media persolities by giving them due recognition through various awards," he said while lauding union Fince Minister Arun Jaitely for sanctioning the Film and Television institute in the state. "We will have to work hard to make the project successful," he added.
Chief secretary Ramesh Negi, who was also present on the occasion, launched the website of the magazine. The presence of Ram Wangkheirakpam from North East Peoples' Alliance and Anthony Debbarma from Borok Peoples' Human Rights Organisation added colour to the musical evening.