Nami Dogri Sanstha (Regd.) Jammu organised a felicitation function in K. L. Sehgal Hall to confer NDS Awards to noted journalists, social figures and the artists for their significant contributions in respective fields. R. S. Chib, Former Cabinet Minister was the Chief Guest on the occasion and function was presided over by U. K. Jalali, Senior Advocate whereas noted journalist Sohail Kazmi was special invitee. Shri Rohit Choudhary, National President, Kisan Welfare Organisation was Guest of Honour and Shakti Gupta, Former Principal District and Session Judge was Special Guest. Capt. Lalit Sharma IFS Convener NDS and Harish Kaila President NDS also co-shared the dias. Yash Pal Yash, General Secretary, NDS compered the proceedings as Stage Secretary.
The prominent personalities honoured on the occasion are Shri Satish Verma Senior Journalist & Author, Shri Sameer Bhat Senior Journalist News 18, Shri Rajinder Arora Additional MD JK Chhanel, Dr. C. L. Gupta Social Activist, Shri Rajan Vaid Journalist, Shri Naveen Behl Social Activist and Singer, Mrs. Sandhya Gupta Producer Director & Social Activist and Shri Rajesh Vaid Social Activist.
Capt. Lalit Sharma in his welcome address said that journalists, writers, artists and social activists contribute to make a aware, vibrant and meaningful society and they deserve to be recognised for their dedicated and tireless services. He said their continuous work provides healthy inputs and catalytic ideas to generate a positive thought process to raise the intellectual level of the society. He stated the NDS is honoured to felicitate these personalities.
R. S. Chib, Former Minister said that role of journalists is pivotal in a democratic process as they represent the fourth estate of democratic setup and media plays a significant role to make the society aware. He further stated that information and communication technology is the back bone of a progressive and just society in today’s computerised and digital world and create an atmosphere of transparency and accountability.
Sohail Kazmi said that though journalism is a challenging profession but it is very satisfying it taken up in right earnest. He further said that authors and social workers bring positive transformation in the society.
Shri Rohit Choudhary said that it is obligation and moral duty of the society to honour the persons devotedly working for the society.
Shakti Gupta complimented all the persons awarded for their notable services and stated that society has lot of expectations from them.
U. K. Jalali, Senior Advocate in his presidential address complimented NDS for taking initiative and fulfilling their social obligation to honour the noted personalities. He said journalists, authors and artists are mirror of the society and are creative and thought generators. They are the planks of a progressive and aware society. He said the information technology makes us to join catchup with global scenario and it is important as the world has become a global village today.
Dr. Chanchal Sharma, well known Dogri writer, poet, radio announcer and anchor earlier read a brief paper highlighting the life and works for the persons awarded by NDS.
Dogra Harish Kaila, President NDS said that NDS has been honouring the prominent social figures especially writers and artists contributing to the society and today’s function was a part of this endeavour.
Vote of Thanks was presented by Dr.Chanchal Sharma Organising Secretary Nami Dogri Sanstha Jammu.