Media should disseminate information about flagship programmes to masses: Dy CM
IMPHAL | Sept 11 : A one-day media workshop called ‘Vartalap’ was held today at Regional Outreach Bureau (ROB) auditorium, Wangkhei Yonglan Leirak organised by ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Deputy chief minister, Y. Joykumar Singh inaugurated the workshop and commented that the topics to be discussed in the workshop are all relevant and important topics. The topics were based on ‘Digital India’, ‘Doubling Farmer’s Income By 2020’ and ‘Health for All’ schemes.
He pointed out that many flagship programmes are introduced and implemented in the state but due to lack of awareness many beneficial programmes fail to reach the eligible beneficiaries. It is important that media persons know these flagship programmes and at the same time try to disseminate information about the schemes to the masses, he added.
Speaking on Digital India scheme, Joykumar stated that the state government has adopted Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) one and a half years ago, but it has not been successful in the state due to lack of awareness and no proper banking facility if not internet facility.
“We need the media persons to transmit the details of such schemes in their own level accordingly,” he stressed.
Editor in chief of Impact TV (English), Rupachandra Yumnam gave a detailed representation on the penetration of ‘Digital India’ in the state.
Nodal officer of IT, Agriculture department, Ak. Chittaranjan Singh presented a lecture on ‘Agriculture-doubling of farmer’s income by 2020’. He pointed out in his presentation that in order to increase the farmers’ income, the state and central government should encourage the farmers to work smart through various existing schemes.
The government does not have separate budget for the mission, it only give emphasis to improvise the existing ones, he added.
While talking on ‘Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana’, deputy director of health department, Dr. Probin Arambam said that the scheme will be officially launched by the Prime Minister on September 23. This scheme will give health expenditure coverage upto Rs.5 lakhs per family per year and only those households enrolled in Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011 will be eligible to avail the scheme. For Manipur, a total of 2.77 lakhs households have been identified, he added.
However, he stated that the scheme is similar to Chief Ministergi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT) which gives Rs. 2 lakh per family per year and therefore it will be in alliance with CMHT.
Additional director of health department, Dr. Sasheekumar Mangang, highlighted that there is ‘Health for all’ scheme for those who are not covered with special schemes such as Ayushman Bharat.
Additional director of Press Information Bureau (PIB) Imphal, S.K. Malviya attended the function as guest of honour.
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