DIPR improves, process on to fill up staff shortage: Biswajit

IMPHAL, 1st Nov: IPR minister Thongam Biswajit has observed that the department of information and public relations (DIPR) has improved a lot in the past few years and in order to bring further improvement, the government is in the process of addressing shortage of staff.
The minister was attending the department’s 70th Information and Public Relations Day 2018 at the DIPR complex, Keishampat, Thursday.
Speaking as the chief guest, Biswajit asserted that the government is trying to inform and educate the people about the welfare and development activities undertaken and enlist their participation through DIPR. In tune with the fast changing world, DIPR is improving a lot. Advertisements and hoardings of government schemes, programmes are displayed not only in Imphal but also in interior parts of the state. Rate of publishing advertisement of such schemes are also cheaper if they go through DIPR, the minister said, while appealing to all concerned for extending cooperation to DIPR.
Recognising the importance of DIPR, the chief minister has already given approval for recruitment of new staff , Biswajit added.
Though the previous governments did everything they could to bring development in the state, there is a major difference between the performance of the past and present governments. The BJP led government understands the aspiration of public and put efforts to carry out its works and policies to fulfil the public aspiration. The new government believes in action instead of just giving blank assurances, the minister said.
The previous governments had a tendency to ignore the hardships faced by the public in the event of bandh and blockade. However, the new government knows the hardships and takes up all possible measures to prevent such incidents from cropping up or taking place. As a result, frequencies of bandh and blockade have been reduced significantly in the state, he maintained.
In his presidential speech, IPR director H Balkrisna informed that the compact building of DIPR at Keishampat will be completed by the end of this year or by the beginning of next year.
Recalling his first job as a reporter in DIPR way back in 1996, Balkrishna said that he heard about construction of a new DIPR office. Though foundation was laid in 2005, concerted eforts were made for ensuring completion of the construction after taking over the charge of director of the department in April this year, he added.
DIPR is in a transitional period as most of the earlier staff are already retired and 90 per cent of the employees are newly recruited through departmental and MPSC examinations, the director said. Appreciating all the staff for their sincerity and honesty while discharging their duties, Balkrisna wished for a full functional department with a good team in the coming days. Former director of IPR Meghachandra Kongbam also highlighted about the works of the department. The dignitaries also inaugurated DIPR Garden, launched online e-magazine ‘Manipur Today’ and released the October issue of ‘Manipur Today’ magazine. Later, in the afternoon, songs were presented by DIPR officials.
Retired employees of DIPR also attended the function.

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