The three day Public Information Campaign in Dakha of Ludhiana district began today . Inaugurating the campaign, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Shri Manish Tewari said that the success of welfare schemes meant for people depends on awareness about them in the general masses. The Minister said that the Centre has initiated several projects for the general welfare of people and these are implemented by the state government. The Central government releases thousands of crores worth of grants under these programmes and projects but a large chunk of the same does reach the beneficiaries. Shri Manish Tewari further said that the centre has provided the Right to Information (RTI) a powerful instrument to the public through which they can seek information related to government activities . Lauding the effort under the Public Information Campaign for bringing awareness among the masses, he said that the aim of such efforts, these campaigns is to take the right information to the people doorstep and also to clarify any doubts in peoples mind over government schemes. The campaign has been organized by the Press Information Bureau with the support of other media units of Information and Broadcasting Ministry & district administration of Ludhiana.
In her welcome address, Principal DG, Press Information Bureau, Smt. Neelam Kapur said that the aim of the campaign is to create awareness among the general public and also to reduce the gap between the administration and the people. She further said that so far over seven hundred Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaigns have been organized across the country and the one in Dakha is 25th in the Punjab state.
In today’s deliberations, the speakers gave detailed information on Land Acquisition Act, Food security Act, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) and central government schemes for rural development. Thirty Exhibition stalls have been set up in coordination the with district administration which showcase the activities of various development programs undertaken by different departments of the centre and state government. An ‘Awareness Rally’ was also taken out by school students and worker of Integrated Child Development Scheme .