New Delhi : The newly-launched Sansad TV, a channel of Parliament, will further strengthen democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, adding that democracy is a part of the spirit of India.
The Prime Minister was speaking after the launch of Sansad TV, a television channel of Parliament.
Noting that today is also International Day of Democracy, Mr Modi remarked India shares a greater responsibility when it comes democracy.
‘Democracy in India is not just a constitutional structure, but it is a spirit. Democracy in India is not just a collection of streams of constitutions, it is our life stream,’ he said while addressing the event.
Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, the Prime Minister and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla jointly launched Sansad TV today on the occasion of International Day of Democracy.
Mr Modi said the channel, which is a merger of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV, and is in accordance with rapidly changing times.
He termed the launch of Sansad TV as a new chapter in the story of Indian democracy and said in the form of Sansad TV, the country is getting a medium of communication and dialogue which will become a new voice of the nation’s democracy and people’s representative.
The Prime Minister also greeted Doordarshan on completion of 61 years. He also greeted all the engineers on the occasion of Engineer’s day.
He highlighted the role of the media in the context of 75 years of Independence, when both glory of the past and promise of the future are before us.
“Media can play a role in disseminating the efforts of the people during Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav by planning 75 episodes on the freedom struggle or bringing out special supplements to mark the occasion,” he said.
PM said if a channel has better content, people automatically engage with it.
‘As much as this applies to the media, it is equally applicable to our parliamentary system as there is not only politics in Parliament, there is also policy,’ he said.
He emphasized that common people should feel the connect with the proceedings of Parliament. He asked the new channel to work in that direction.
“When Parliament is in session, debates are held on diverse subjects, so there is so much for the youth to learn. Members of Parliament also get inspiration for better conduct and better debate inside Parliament when the country watches them,” Mr Modi said.