Margao based freelance photo journalist Arvind Tengse was appointed on the Press Council of India vide a notification issued by the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting on 15th June 2011.
This makes him the first Goan to be appointed on this prestigious body which is constituted to not only preserve the freedom of the press but also maintain and improve its standards.
It is indeed a great honour for Tengse to be appointed on this 27-member central body that is headed by a retired Supreme Court Judge and constitutes of eminent journalists and editors from different parts of the country.
Son of a respected journalist Sitaram Tengse, Arvind began his career in journalism with the Marathi daily Tarun Bharat in 1990 as its correspondent for Margao, the commercial capital of Goa.
The infamous Fatrade smuggling case was the turning point in his career as a photo journalist as his exclusive and candid photographs were published in various national dailies and magazines and established him as a photo journalist of mettle.
He is currently a free lance photo journalists with his pictures published in not only the local and national publications, but also international journals. He is also a regular contributor to news agencies like PTI, AP and AFP.
Besides, he also dabbles in the electronic media having worked for Star News, Times Now and ANI besides being a regular contributor of special stories to the local news channels in Goa.
Tengse also has the honour of being recognized as “Nimitz Tailhooker” by the United States Navy and has been accorded all considerations and privileges due to such title for exhibiting “faultless courage, exceptional bravery, NAFOD (No Apparent Fear Of Death) and exceptional fortitude” for successfully completing an arrested landing aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.
The Press Council of India is also empowered to hold hearings on complaints not only by media persons but also against media publications. The Press Council of India is enshrined in the Constitution and therefore its actions cannot be questioned unless it is established that they are in violation of the constitution.
The Press Council of India which has a three year term is currently headed by Justice G N Ray a retired Supreme Court Judge.