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PIB to launch info campaign [Chennai]

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 1, 2006

PIB to launch info campaign
Saturday July 1 2006 00:03 IST


NAGAPATTINAM: On July 2, at Tirukkuvalai village in Nagapattinam District, the birthplace of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) would launch a series of Public Information Campaigns (PICs) in Tamil Nadu, highlighting flagship programmes of the Congress- led UPA Government at the Centre and the DMK Government in the state.

Stating the reason for selecting Tirukkuvalai for the campaign launch, the official sources said that a majority of the population of the area belonged to the depressed class and it also happened to be the birthplace of the CM.

In a media briefing held at Nagai Collectorate on Friday, Vetriselvan, Director, PIB, said that the ‘Info-Expo’ campaign with the central theme ‘Empowering India’ was aimed at helping various government departments and organisations to fulfill their commitments towards pro-active disclosure of information about their policies and programmes under the Right to Information Act.

Vetriselvan further said that Union Minister of State for Finance S S Palanimanickam would inaugurate the campaign at Tirukkuvalai on Sunday in the presence of five other Union Ministers T R Baalu, Subbalakshmi Jagadeesan, EVKS Elangovan, Raghupathy and Venkatapathy. Tamil Nadu Ministers Suresh Rajan, Thangam Thennarasu, Paruthi Ilamvazhuthi, Selvaraj, KPP Samy and Mathivanan would be at the function.

Nagai Collector Tenkasi S Jawahar said that as part of the campaign, an exhibition would be organised at Tirukkuvalai, where about 80 stalls would be put up jointly by various departments of the Central Government, State Government and NGOs.

The exhibition would aim at creating awareness among the people on various welfare schemes of the government and the procedure for availing of assistance from the government. He added that the district administration had proposed to hold Public Grievance Hearing camps at the exhibition and efforts would be taken to provide on-the-spot solution to a majority of the cases.

Jawahar further said that the five-day campaign would include intensive grass-root level multi-media presentations in 30 villages spread over 11 blocks.

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