Soz criticises withdrawal of Kashmiri news bulletin

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Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Saifud Din Soz Wednesday expressed concern over withdrawal of Kashmiri news bulletin by Prasar Bharti from its list of morning transmissions.

In a statement, Soz said he lodged a complaint with the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar about the “bureaucratic attitude of his Ministry.”

“I informed the Minister that the Prasar Bharti has withdrawn the Kashmiri news bulletin from its list of morning transmission of news,” the statement said. “In my letter, I brought to the notice of the Minister that the Kashmiris were extremely angry with the move by the Ministry and authorities of Prasar Bharti.”

He said it was nearly three decades that Sanskrit bulletin was followed by Kashmiri news bulletin. “I urged the Minister to rescind the order of withdrawal of Kashmiri news bulletin,” said the statement.

Meanwhile, Soz said he also talked to Shashi S Vempati, Chairman, Prasar Bharti and urged him to restore the Kashmiri new bulletin, immediately. “He Vempati) assured me that he would personally take interest in restoration of Kashmiri news bulletin in their daily transmission of bulletins of the All India Radio,” said Soz.