Press Information Bureau (PIB), Imphal organized a one-day media workshop ‘Vartalap’ in Thoubal district on March 15 to “strengthen ties between the masses and the government”.
Around 30 journalists from Thoubal and Kakching districts attended the workshop.
District officials, police, and media persons discussed the role of media in making people aware of the policies and schemes of the government.
Premlata Loitam of PIB said the purpose of organizing was to find means of conveying information to the masses through the media. She highlighted different initiatives of the central government taken up for the benefit of the common people.
Pushpa Maibam of PIB Imphal said being the fourth pillar of democracy, the media need to be informed about the schemes of the government so that it reaches the masses.
The ‘vartalap’ will also provide a platform for the free flow of conversation between government officials and the media, she said.
District social welfare officer, Thoubal district Kanghujam Nongpoknganba Salaicha and chief executive officer (CEO) Thoubal Zilla Parishad Kshetrimayum Umananda presented papers on social security schemes of the central and state governments being implemented in the district respectively while Chinglen Maisnam, professor of economics department of Manipur University talked on “The India’s Act East Policy and its Impacts in Manipur”.
Giving a detailed presentation on the social security schemes being implemented in the district, Nongpoknganba Salaicha emphasized recently launched new schemes of the state government.
CEO Kshetrimayum Umananda, in his presentation, highlighted the problems being faced in the implementation of the MGNREGA scheme in the state, particularly in Thoubal district.
Presenting his paper on “The India’s Act East Policy and its Impacts in Manipur” Chinglen Maisnam termed the policy as a symbol of India’s attention to the Northeast region.
“In the absence of economic, social and physical infrastructures, mere opening up of the Northeast region to the global capital flow, trade and the much-hyped Act-East Policy and Make in Manipur will further increase regional divide and development disparities,” he said.