COVID-19 taught us the importance of having credible and timely information: James

Tura, Jan 22: Information & Public Relations minister, James K. Sangma today inaugurated the Fixed Audio System of the DIPR at Tura, West Garo Hills District.

Addressing the occasion, James K. Sangma said that COVID-19 pandemic has taught all of us the importance of having credible and timely information. Fixed Audio System will strengthen the mechanism of delivering quick and timely information to the public regarding government orders, policies, subsidies, immunization drives, health camps and other welfare schemes.

Shri James Sangma applauded the efforts of the Department in achieving this milestone in successfully implementing the project which will give public communication a facelift to effectively communicate with the citizens of Tura conglomeration area. He cited that last year during the lockdown numerous false messages were circulated through different social media platforms which created confusion and chaos among the public.

The minister also expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister of Meghalaya Shri. Conrad K Sangma for sanctioning the budget for the project. DIPR was able to carry out the necessary action to successfully implement the Fixed Audio System only after the approval from the CM. He further stated that this initiative is in line with the vision of the department in publicizing different programmes, welfare measures and developmental activities for the benefit of the people. 

Ram Singh on the other hand stressed on the need to involve different stakeholders from the community to work together with the Department concerned and supports the government in maintaining public properties across the state.

Besides others, the programme was also attended by B. S. Sohliya, Director of Information & Public Relations; F. K. Marak, Assistant Director, Information & Public Relations and other senior officials of the Department.