The Outreach program - Mini (Integrated Communication & Outreach Programme) ICOP organised by the Central Bureau of Communication (CBC), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Government of India concluded at Doda today.
The programme aimed to create mass awareness about the Prime Minister's 15 point programme for minorities. The event was held under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) by CBC's Field Office Doda, Near Sports stadium
Tahir Jameel, Trustee Ekta Mahila Mandal Educational Trust was the chief guest on the occasion. In his address, he appreciated CBC for organising the outreach programmes in the district especially in coordination with Ekta Mahila Mandal Educational Trust (EMMET) to cater to the young population.
He said that in the present age, information is a very powerful tool for empowering masses and there is a need to reachout to the people living in the rural areas. He impressed upon the people to avail benefits of different welfare programs being implemented across various sectors by Government of India as well as JK administration.
He mentioned various subsidy schemes being run by the Government of India for the benefit of the people. A large number of students from different educational institutions and local people participated in the program and got information from the schemes projected through Seminar and cultural programmes followed by a pre – Publicity event i.e. drawing competition on 10.01.2023 in Doda.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Vikram Uppal, Incharge CBC, Field Office, Doda, said that the onus to avail benefits of the government schemes lies with the citizens.
He said that a joint effort by the policy makers, communicators, citizens as well as those responsible for the implementation at the ground level is needed to ensure the welfare schemes serve the intended purposes.
He said under PMs 15 point programme for minorities, special attention was being given to the states and UTs where a substantial minority population is present. He further said that the Government of India has various schemes for an individual which one can avail right from pre-natal stage to death.
He expressed gratitude towards coordinating departments and for their cooperation and support. Further, he advised the students to avail benefits of Govt. schemes and earn besides studies to become Atamnirbhar (self reliant). He urged the students to spread the message up to their respective areas.
Others who spoke on the occasion included resource persons, Farid Ahmed and Shamim Akhter from district social welfare department. Athar Bilal Trustee EMMET coordinated in conduct of the two day programme, while Sunil Kumar I/c CBC, Field Office, Rajouri presented vote of thanks.
Theme based cultural programmes were also presented by M/s Nagani cultural troupe, Doda, sending across the messages about various welfare schemes.
The Students also displayed their talent by participating in the seminar and by delivering relevant speeches on “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”. Later, the programme concluded with prize distribution among the participants of Drawing competition and Seminar.