Gorkhapatra production from Biratnagar soon
By Bhimsen Thapaliya
Biratnagar, Mar. 27: As government media apparatuses take new course as per historic political decentralisation and government’s focus on development, Gorkhapatra Corporation is planning production, expansion and newsroom transformation.
Plans are afoot to start printing of the nation’s 118 year old newspaper from outside the capital for the first time. This move will be realised in Biratnagar, the capital of State 1.
Efforts are currently underway to enhance the quality of the Gorkhapatra, its sister publication The Rising Nepal and Muna, Yuba Manch and Madhupark magazines. For this purpose, an orientation programme for the district correspondents concluded here on Tuesday.
At the extensive orientation event, Executive Chairman of Gorkhapatra Corporation Krishna Murari Bhandari outlined the plan of production expansion in Biratnagar which received word of support from State 1 Chief Minister Sher Dhan Rai and State Minister for Internal Affairs, Law and Communication Hikmat Karki.
Executive Chairman Bhandari held talks with Chief Minister Rai on Tuesday towards reaching a deal between the corporation and the State government for the planned Biratnagar production of the daily by adding two pages dedicated to the State related news in the Biratnagar edition.
Minister Karki, speaking at the inauguration of the orientation, said that the State government was positive and would extend every support to all endeavors of Gorkhapatra. He emphasised enhancement of quality in the publications of Gorkhapatra Corporation and not to hesitate to facilitate and equip the staff members for this effort.
The Minister expressed his special interest in GC’s Muna magazine for children and suggested concerned editors to add its charm through introduction of colour picture stories.
Minister Karki asked the GC journalists to show their boldness to expose weaknesses of ministers, if any. “Constructive reporting on the government’s drawbacks always helps overcome lapses and shortcomings,” he added.
Executive Chairman Bhandari said that expert orientation for the correspondents in all the seven States is being held to enhance news quality of the Gorkhapatra and other publications.
He said the Gorkhaptra would be available in all 753 local levels.
“The Gorkhapatra that has a history of 118 years is now preparing to become Number One, and we have launched a campaign to make our reporters and editors skillful to achieve that,” he said while concluding the two-day orientation.
He said that State coordinators were appointed to work closely with concerned district correspondents, adding, “We are making serious evaluation of the performance of Gorkhapatra staff and the move will be expressed in reward and punishment.”
Consultant Editor of the Corporation Gopal Khanal said that efforts were underway to boost readership and popularity of the corporation’s publications. The results are already visible, he added.
“We are headed for tangible changes and quality enhancement for which everybody should discard lethargic and traditional attitude. We have to become reader friendly through adoption of technology and getting connected to the social media,” Khanal said.
Khanal revealed that the recently introduced Gorkhapatra Sambad talks would be expanded to the States as well.
Launched by Minister for Information and Communication Technology Gokul Baskota, the weekly interaction features experts from different fields.
Expert journalists Saratchandra Osti and Dinesh Satyal Saurabh provided practical and theoretical orientation to the district correspondents of the Gorkhapatra.
Chief Editor of the Gorkhapatra Sri Om Shrestha, district news coordinator Gokarna Aryal and Naya Nepal page coordinator Kumar Bibekananda Mishra dwelt on different aspects of news inputs from the districts a the programme.
The team is heading to State 2 capital Janakpur and State 3 capital Hetauda for further orientations for the correspondents.