Guwahati, Oct 30: Twenty-two leading organizations in the state have demanded that Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur intervene to resume Assamese news broadcast of All India Radio (AIR) Dibrugarh which was suspended by Prasar Bharati from October 24. .
In a letter to the Union Minister on Saturday, the unions urged him to review the decision of Prasar Bharati saying that the move is a “great shock and disappointment” to the people of Assam.
“As you are aware that from October 24, the Assamese News Bulletin of All India Radio (AIR) Dibrugarh has been discontinued. This move has shocked and disappointed the people of our state. The 5-minute Assamese News daily from 6pm has had an emotional and emotional impact on the people of Assam ever since it started airing in the early 70s. Even today the news is the only source of information for the people living in the rural pockets.
“Even people living in the suburbs listen to Assamese news. Not only Assam, but people from Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland rely on Assamese News Bulletin broadcast by All India Radio Dibrugarh,” the statement noted. .
“The suspension of the press release broke people’s hearts. Therefore, on behalf of the people of Assam we request you to kindly reverse the decision and allow All India Radio Dibrugarh to broadcast the Assamese News Bulletin as before,” the statement said.
Among the signatories were Udayan Kumar Gogoi, general secretary of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Parishad, Ranjit Gohain, president of All Assam Motock Yuba Chatra Sanmilan and representatives of 20 other prominent organizations.
The discontinuation of the Assamese News Bulletin at Prasar Bharati’s All India Radio Dibrugarh center as part of its cost-cutting measures has met with strong protests from citizens across the state.