Besides,there are 13 Non-RNU Correspondent locations in the country. There are five Prasar Bharati foreign Correspondents based at Dubai, Kabul, Dhaka, Kathmandu and Colombo. Realising the importance of local news/news from the grass-root level, NSD is appointing Part-Time Correspondents (PTCs) at every district headquarter in the country. At present, more than 483 PTCs are working for AIR. The PTCs also meet the requirements of Doordarshan News. UPGRADING OF SKILLS In its endeavour towards upgrading the skills of its human resources a three day Hindi language workshop for its field correspondents was conducted by the NSD: AIR. The main objective of the workshop was to enhance the Hindi pronunciation and verbal skills of correspondents belonging to Non Hindi speaking regions. As a result, many of these Correspondents have started filing the voice casts in Hindi as well. Besides it, an orientation workshop was also organized for improving the skills of Production Assistants and NF editors. Part-Time Correspondents (PTCs) are the news source at the grass-root level for All India Radio. The need to train 73
them so as to get the best results was felt for long. During 2007 orientation workshops were conducted by NSD at its seven Regional News Units- Kolkata, Bhopal, Bhubhaneshwar, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Patna. Workshops were also held in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Guwahati during Jan’08. STRENGTHENING REGIONAL NEWS This year NSD has taken initiative to automate the newsrooms of its different RNUs. News automation system has been installed at six RNUs namely Guwahati, Shillong, Tirichy, Shimla, Jaipur and Imphal. This is an endeavour towards fully digitised, paperless office. In order to further smoothen the work of news room, all the RNUs are in the process of shifting from teleprinter line based news wires to World space/V-Sat based news wires for receiving news from agencies. NEWS COVERAGE The focus of the NSD’s coverage in the year 2007 was the common man. The Division did a vast coverage on the issues affecting the common man and how the various schemes of the Central government including the ones for the welfare of SC/ST, OBCs, minorities, farmers, unorganized workers, women and youth have fared. Flagship programmes of the government such as National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Bharat Nirman, National Rural Health Mission and Sarva Siksha Abhiyan etc. were given special coverage. Efforts were made for giving wide coverage to the flagship programmes of the central government as well as to the steps taken by the government to check the prices of essential commodities and wheat procurement by central and state agencies. During the year 2007, NSD mounted special programmes on all major events including election of President of India, Vice President of India, 60-years of India’s Independence, elections to the State Assemblies of Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Goa, Punjab, Gujarat, and Himachal Pradesh, 150 th anniversary of First Indian War of Independence (1857), centenary celebration of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and the resumption 74
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