Srinagar, May 30: Minister for Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs and Information, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali, Tuesday visited the Media Complex here to take first hand appraisal of the functioning of the Directorate of Information & Public Relations (DIPR) and also review the progress of work on the auditorium and conference hall being constructed in the Complex.
The Minister was accompanied by Joint Director Information Abdul Majid Zargar, Deputy Director Information (PR) Sheikh Zahoor, Administrative Officer Mohammad Munnawar Khawaja and other officers of the Department.
During his visit, the Minister took first-hand appraisal of ongoing work on the construction of the Auditorium and inspected various sections of the Department and also interacted with the staff.
The Minister said that DIPR is a touch-point between the government and the public, therefore it needs to gear-up its men and machinery to effectively highlight the developmental and welfare initiatives undertaken by the present Government.
The Minister appreciated the work on the state-of-art auditorium and the conference hall being constructed at the Media Complex. The auditorium designed to meet the requirement of the conference and seminars, comprises 221 seats, media room, green room, library, and cafeteria.
He called for expediting remaining works on the Media Complex so that it can be made functional at the earliest. He said the Department needs to keep pace with modern day challenges for effective and prompt information dissemination. He also stressed for professionalizing DIPR to re-orient it with fast-changing media scenario in the State.
Zulfkar also stressed on better human resource management and underlined the need for further augmentation of the Department by way of professional manpower and infrastructure upgradation in the Department.