NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday reached out to the media and said he was looking for ways to deepen his old ties with the fourth estate.
Speaking at the Bharatiya Janata Party headquaters here, he said there was a time when he used to move chairs at the party office and used to freely interact with members of the press.
Wishing the journalists a happy Diwali, he said the media can play a much larger role in shaping the future of the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the members of the fourth estate were doing a service to the nation by writing about a clean India.
"I am reading so many articles on clean India. Electronic and social media is also doing a comprehensive debate on it. This is a service to the nation. This is a good example of how the media can play a constructive role," Modi said at a media meet at the BJP headquarters here.
He said that by virtue of these writing, an environment was being created where citizens are coming together to work hand in hand with the government.
"Since independence, it was believed that the government would do everything. But media is encouraging people to work for the nation. There is now an environment where citizens are realising that all have to work together," Modi said.
He said he has had a close association with the media and that he wants to strengthen it. "When I interact with the media, I not only get information, but I also get a vision," Modi said.
He said that he used to once help with the seating arrangement at media meets and used to interact freely with the press, and even though times have now changed, he was looking for ways to deepen his old ties with the media.