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“Fund scarcity hindered IPR complex completion”

IMPHAL, November 1: The new IPR complex could not be completed as the construction was hindered by fund scarcity. That matter had already been discussed with the Chief Minister and the issue will be brought up again along with the current shortages of manpower in the department, said Parliamentary Secretary, Information and Public Relations (IPR), K Meghachandra Singh.

Meghachandra gave the assurances while speaking at the main IPR Day function held at its office at MSRTC complex. Similar observations were held at the district headquarters.

The department has been giving awareness to the public about the developmental projects and schemes being taken up by the state and central governments. It has served as a bridge connecting the government and the public by conveying their likes and dislikes, he further stated.

Expressing his gratitude on being invited at the observation, he urged the media fraternity to perform their duties whole heartedly.

As a part of the observance retired officials of DIPR and veteran journalists were honoured by presenting gifts.

Delivering the keynote address, the Director of IPR, W Rajen Singh said that IPR was established on November 1, 1949 by appointing a Publicity Officer. In March 1974 it was upgraded as a directorate and subsequently in 1975 units were opened in all the districts headquarters.

He further said in the year 1981 Manipur Information Centre was established at Delhi, providing information of the Ministry to the public, and added that its role in the maintenance of relationship between the governments and the public is huge. DIPR played an important role in providing information to public and passed on problems of the public to the government.

During the function some of the retired officials and journalists shared their working experiences.

Meanwhile, the District Information Office, Bishnupur also observed the 64th Information and Public Relation Day at its office.

The observation was attended by N Sanajaoba, executive officer Bishnupur Municipal Council as chief guest; N Noyon, DIO Bishnupur as president; L Vaiphei, District Fishery Officer Bishnupur and Th Yaima, ZEO Bishnupur as guests of honour.

In recognition of his contribution, M Lungthoi R Naga, Grade IV was conferred with the Best Employee Award, 2013 which carries cash prize of Rs 5000 along with a citation. Altogether six journalists namely LC Gopen (Poknapham), H Romen (IFP), Manipursana (AIR), Jagat (ISTV), Y Somananda and Jashobanta of DDK were also honoured with presents.

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