Imphal: A one day State level Orientation programme for Journalist on Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and its Implementation was held today Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul, Imphal.
The programme was organized by department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.
Addressing the gathering Additional Secretary of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Kengoo Zuringla stated that the main aim of organizing the programme is to sensitize the media fraternity regarding the implementation of the Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. She stated that since the inception and implementation of the scheme, MGNREGS has become one of the greatest force of the social security for the rural poor in our country.
MGNREGS was initiative with the objective of advancing livelihood, security in rural areas to provide 100 days job guarantee to those who are 18 years and above. Kengoo Zuringla also informed that the orientation programme will ensure how the scheme is being carried out and implemented is understood by journalists, as they are going to provide right information to the public.
Addressing the gathering as guest of honour, Dr A. Ibomcha Sharma, Head of Office, Regional Outreach Bureau, Imphal, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, said that MGNREGS is the biggest job guarantee scheme and is implemented smoothly in the State. He asserted that the scheme should focused on creating national, state and community assets.
President of Editor Guilds Manipur, Khogendro Khomdram stated that the MGNREGS is a very good scheme for the welfare and benefits of the rural areas. He also urged the journalists to report the smooth functioning of the scheme efficiently.
Addressing the gathering Editor of Poknapham, Aribam Robindro Sharma said that the orientation programme is an important event for the journalists. As they will understand MGNREGS, which will help in reporting about the scheme.
As part of the orientation programme, officials of RD&PR highlighted the initiatives and achievements of the MGNREGS for the last five years. And they also held an interactive session with the journalists.
The programme was attended by journalists from various media firms and officials of the Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Department among others.