The 75th foundation day of the Directorate of Information & Public Relations (DIPR) was observed with a solemn function held at the Auditorium of the Directorate at Nityaipak Chuthek, Imphal on Wednesday.
Speaking at the function as the chief guest, Commissioner, IPR M Joy Singh said that co-ordination between the IPR and other media fraternities is highly necessary to deliver a significant service to the public.
He said that IPR alone cannot publicise the various policies and programmes taken up by the government without the cooperation of the other stakeholders. To provide a free and holistic service and further enable sustainability of peaceful co-existence with the sense of brotherhood amongst different sections of the society, coordination among stakeholders is extremely important.
He appealed to all concerned stakeholders to support the government in this regard.
Shri Joy highlighted the various initiatives taken up by the IPR to inform the people of the state on various events, programmes etc. from time to time. He also highlighted the welfare measures taken up by the department for the journalists of the state.
Director, IPR Th Charanjeet Singh in his keynote address, said that since its existence, IPR has been disseminating information which is helpful for peace and harmony in the state.
He said that the directorate is playing a key role in connecting people with the government by giving information from time to time. He further stated that in this current scenario of the state, the role of IPR as well as media in general is of utmost importance so as to enable all to maintain a cohesive relationship.
He appealed to the AMWJU, EGM and MHJU to co-operate with the Directorate in verifying news to avoid circulation of fake news in the media.
Director asked the Officers, Officials and staff of the Directorate to work sincerely with dedication and with a commitment to uphold the integrity and dignity of the Directorate. He also asked the technical staff to upgrade their skills to adjust with the changing technologies and assured to provide all the requirements.
Earlier, the Commissioner inaugurated a Table Tennis Court in the DIPR complex. The Directorate also acknowledged the noble gesture extended by the Th Chaoba Memorial Charitable Trust, Singjamei, for providing 30 Media Jackets to the DIPR officials out of the many arranged for the staff by the Directorate.
The Directorate also felicitated the representatives of the Trust. The Trust also, in turn, shows gratitude to the Directorate by presenting tokens of appreciation. Three officials of the Directorate were also feted for their distinguished service.
Many retired officials of the Directorate were present in the observation function and they were felicitated with a simple token of love and appreciation. Invitees from the media fraternities, officers and staff of the Directorate as well as from the district offices attended the function.