INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT
The Information and Public Department, Punjab acts as a unifying force between the State Government and the people, educating the masses about the policies, achievements and programmes of the State Government besides also proving instrumental in making the echelons of the Government aware regarding sentiments of the masses concerning various policies pursued by the Government.
The Press Section of the department issued 1082 press notes and development stories along with photographs during year 2016-17 dealing with the policies and achievements of the Government. The department also made it a point to arrange radio & T.V. interviews of the Chief Minister and the Ministers apart from carrying out a thorough analysis of the negative news about the Governmental policies and sending these to the departments concerned. The branch provided free bus travel facility to 109 journalists besides accidental insurance for 3600 journalists and 04 journalists were provided with facility of concessional railway travel. Throughout the state, 3059 journalists were issued identity cards and 500 accreditation cards to the reporters.
The R & R branch has compiled the executive diaries and collected contact numbers for the dairy, telephone directory and telephone chart for the year 2017-18 besides compiled the reference material regarding obituaries for the eminent personalities who breathed their last during 2017-18 and forwarded these at regular intervals to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha. In addition to this, material for Governer/Finance Minister's speech has also been provided by this branch.
The department also organized 15 state level functions regarding great personalities and important occasions.
Under the main head 2220 (Information and Publicity) of the department for the year 2017-18, funds to the tune of Rs. 5976.00 Lacs (Fifty Nine Crore and Seventy Six Lacs) under estimated plan budget and Rs. 3979.00 lacs (Thirty Nine Crore and Seventy Nine Lacs) under the estimated non-plan scheme were allotted.
The Advertisement branch of the department had published 963 advertisements pertaining to various departments, Boards/Corporations in the various newspapers in the last year. Besides this, the advertisment branch had advertised various development programmes at State level and National level with the amount of Rs. 90,53,457/-.
The electronic media branch of the Department had aired 9 Radio Compagins on F.M./ AIR Channels for the various Boards/corporations during the financial year 2017-18 amounting to Rs. 55 lacs.
The department also publishes departmental magazines namely-Advance (English), Jagriti (Hindi and Punjabi) besides wall posters to add zing to the publicity campaign of the policies and programmes of State Government.
During the current year, the department made direct recruitments of 12 Steno typists and 49 Clerks under Group-‘C’ to strengthen the organizational structure besides recruiting 1 Clerk and 4 Sewadars on compassionate grounds. Apart from these, 2 officers under Group-‘A’, 10 employees under Group-‘B’, 3 employees belonging to Group-‘C’ and 4 hailing from group-‘D’ were also promoted.