Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Ladakh Region Delegation Called upon Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Textiles Minister Government of India Under the Leadership of Shri Thupstan Chewang Hon’ble M.P Ladakh and discussed issues related to Kargil and Leh District at New Delhi.
Shri Thupstan Chewang urged Upon the Union Minister Smriti Zubin Irani for making arrangement of broadcasting the Regional Version of monthly programme Mann-ki-Baat of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the demand of the people of from All India Radio relay stations in Nubra, Changthang, Drass, Tai-Suru and Padum along with other regional programmes generated from All India Radio Leh and Kargil Districts.
He termed All India Radio (AIR) as the main media and communication lifeline of the both district that binds together its people who are otherwise spread across its difficult terrain and Permission to relay these programmes through these relay stations will go a long way in strengthening the social bonds within the districts and demand of the people of Ladakh region he also, requested that these programmes will be broadcasted through FM Stations. This will make these programmes even more accessible as cell phones are able to receive FM signal and are now present in almost every household of the district.
He also requested to complete the construction of AIR FM Station coming up at Hombothingla and also request to make both Leh and Kargil Districts FM Radio service available 24-hours-a-day as it is in most of the country. A demand for power backup DG set was also made for Leh Radio station.
Shri Mohd Ali Majaz President BJP Unit Kargil rised the casual worker of AIR for regular with the Union Minister and talking about the pain and hardship of the Casual workers of All India Radio in Ladakh Region only due to their efforts the stations are working in these most difficult parts of the Country, he requested for making their services regular.
Thupstan Chewang MP Ladakh also discussed the issue of opening Programme Generating Facility of Doordarshan Kargil at which is one of the oldest demands of this border area which will play a role similar to AIR Kargil to not only enhance the local culture of Kargil and provide employment to local youth, but also provide a unique geo-strategic opportunity to reach the people living across the LoC in Baltistan.
Union Minister Smriti Zubin Irani assured MP Ladakh that all these demands will be fulfilled with immediate effects. Mrs. Irani emphasised on the importance of Ladakh region and its people’s demand on governments top priority. Mrs. Irani instructed the officials of the broadcasting to launch a local channel through Doordarshan in Kargil District and FM Radio station will be initiated soon. Mrs irani promised to visit the region in summer.
At the end ,Union Minister said the Ladakh region being neglected of development in yesteryears various governments is duely noted and its development is marked in this government sole agenda and the issue to Casual Workers will be discussed and fulfilled according to norms.
The delegation comprised of Shri Dorje Motup Chief Executive Councillor (CEC) of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh and senior BJP leader, Executive Councillor’s LAHDC Leh and Shri Mohd Hassan Pasha BJYM J&K State Sectrey.