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'Good governance is central to progress'

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday said that media has an important role to play as the country is passing through an era of unprecedented change, when the polity is maturing and democratic institutions are vibrant.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2011 00:56 IST

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday said that media has an important role to play as the country is passing through an era of unprecedented change, when the polity is maturing and democratic institutions are vibrant. Hooda was addressing a seminar on 'Media and Governance', which was organized by the Haryana Chapter of Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) and Haryana Institute of Public Administration here.

The seminar was sponsored by Haryana Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department.

The chief minister said that good governance is central to the development process and effective and efficient delivery of public services is the essence of good governance at all the levels. He said that roles and responsibilities of democratic institutions were constantly evolving and country's economy is growing at a reasonably good pace. India is among the few economies of the world which are progressing surely and steadily.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman, Press Council of India Justice GN Ray said that the media and the other three estates of democracy were not adversaries but constructive partners in building not only the better nation but a peaceful world order.

While referring to his various visits across the state, the Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune, Raj Chengappa said that he could see the development happening in the state but that was not visible in the newspapers. He said that there was a point in the people's view who asked why media is obsessed with urban areas only. He said that there was no doubt that various governments had failed to live up to the people's expectations.