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PIB Srinagar organizes media workshop ‘Vartalap’ at Pulwama

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Pulwama: To build a direct interface between the government and the journalists working at district and sub-district levels across Kashmir division, Press Information Bureau (PIB), Srinagar, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India today organized Media Workshop “Vartalap” at Town Hall Pulwama.

The theme of the workshop was “9 Years of Seva, Sushasan, and Garib Kalyan”. 

Assistant Commissioner Development, Pulwama, Dr Peerzada Farhat Ahmad was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Ahmad encouraged the media to provide feedback to the administration so that it helps in better governance. He said that media has a lot of power and that media persons should use that power wisely and judiciously and make sure that the power is not misused. He asserted that the relation between the government and the media should be an honest one as it is ultimately the public that gets to benefit from it.

Dr Ahmad also spoke about the implementation and progress of MGNREGA and PMAY schemes in the district. He said that MGNREGA has been a great success in Pulwama district and against a target of 5 lakh person days for the last financial year, more than 11 lakh person days were generated in the district which is an achievement in itself. He said that under the scheme, more than 200 streams in the district that had been converted into dustbins have been cleaned and rejuvenated.

Talking about the PMAY scheme, Dr Ahmad said that more than 500 installments of money have been distributed among beneficiaries in the previous financial year. He said that besides providing money for houses, the government is also providing financial assistance for the construction of individual household latrines which is mandatory under the Swachch Bharat Mission.

Earlier in his welcome address, Joint Director (Media and Communication) PIB Srinagar Sh Qazi Salman said that the purpose of the workshop is to get in touch with media at the grassroots level. He said that the media works as the watchdog of society and inputs given by the media are very important for the administration.

The proceedings of the workshop were conducted by Tariq Ahmad Rather, Deputy Director (Media and Communication), PIB Srinagar.

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