Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development KT Rama Rao, who recently urged public representatives and government officials to wear handloom clothes at least once a week, has now appealed to journalists to practise the same.
Participating in the Arun Sagar Best Journalist Award organised by Telangana State Press Academy here on Monday, Rao requested journalists, especially those who appear before camera, to wear handloom clothes and encourage weavers and support the industry. “If news anchors who appear before the camera start wearing the handloom clothes, common people will get inspired and practise the same,” he said.
The Minister said if people adopt handloom clothes in their day-to-day life, they can help the weavers get sufficient work which can bring them out from distress. “For the first time in the country, the TRS government has allotted Rs 100 crore under journalist welfare scheme and will take forward the housing scheme proposal,” Rao said, adding that the government was always in favour of journalists.
The awards, aimed at honouring excellence in the field of journalism, were presented to B Ramulu (Andhra Jyoti), D Srishailam (Namasthe Telangana) and Rama Saraswati (Sakshi) in print media. Jai Prakash (ETV-Telangana), Rehana (N TV), and Uma (TV 5) bagged best journalist awards in electronic media.
A special literary award was presented to noted writer and poet Khwaja Moinuddin.
Members of the jury included senior journalists K Ramachandra Murthy, Katta Shekar Reddy and K Srinivas.