Varanasi: Senior Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today presented the “Pandit Kamlapati Tripathi Rashtriya Patrakarita Samman” to journalists here at Nagri-natak mandali auditorium.
Dikshit presented the first “Rashtriya Patrakarita Samman” with a cash reward of rupees one lakh to former chairman of Prasar Bharti Mrinal Pandey, who is presently a senior editor of a leading Hindi daily.
Dikshit also gave away award to 10 local scribes here.
The senior Congress leader hailed the contribution of the Tripathi, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Railway minister on the occasion of “111th Pandit Kamlapati Tripathi Jayanti Samaroh” organised by the ‘Kamlapati Tripathi foundation’ in the city.
Dikshit said that Panditji was a fine politician as well as a journalist. He began his career while working as a journalist in several Hindi newspapers. His contribution to the society are immemorial.
She said, he was one of the leading member who advocated for including journalism as a course in graduate and post graduate level.
He had even written books on journalism and contributed a lot in this field.
Foundation chairman and a senior congress leader Rajeshpati Tripathi appealed to journalists to carry forward the journalistic legacy of Kamlapatiji for the betterment of the society.