AP Information Dept. goes hi-tech, to use technology extensively

  • Minister Palle launches free video conferencing facility

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: The Information and Public Relations Department of the State government is all set to go hi-tech to campaign and collect information on the government’s welfare programmes. Minister for Information and Public Relations, Palle Raghunadha Reddy, formally launched the free video conferring facility for the departmental staff and wanted the employees to make use of it.

The minister also asked the staff of the Information and Public Relations Department to make use of the latest technology to take the State government’s initiatives to the people. As part of the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development scheme, the minister had video conference with the district officers of the department. He said that the free video conference facility would be extended to all the employees of the Information and Public Relations Department from the grassroots level.

The minister said that the State government under the stewardship of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was continuously initiating one or the other welfare measure for the people of various sections. He felt that these schemes should be taken to the door step of the people and ensure that the beneficiaries received them and also understood the initiatives.

Raghunadha Reddy asked the employees of the department to upgrade their working synchronizing with the latest technology available. He wanted the employees to use the gadgets to communicate with the people and share the information. He said that the government would form coordination committees at the district level headed by the respective district collectors. The committee would collect information from all departments and take it to the people, he said and added that information on every welfare scheme has to be shared with the people through these committees using the technology.

The minister also asked the department officials to take special care to provide accreditations and health cards to journalists, including those working on the editorial desk.  

Information and Public Relations Commissioner S Venkateswar asked the field level employees and the media liaison officers to prepare their action plan and progress reports on monthly basis and share them with the department for further review. He wanted them to use technology to share information and reach out to the people.

Information and Public Relations additional director D Srinivas, Chief Information Engineer O Madhusudhan and others were present.

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