Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khan Khattak has directed for a dynamic, creative and active role by the Information Department in order to meet the challenges of the modern world adding that its present role was not up to the needs of the changing times; and therefore, this department had to upgrade its Information Dissemination System to ensure that the public welfare activities of the govt and its fruits reach the people in an effective and proper way.
This he said while chairing a meeting on the role of Information Department in Peshawar the other day. Provincial Ministers Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, Mehmood Khan and Shehram Tarkai, MPA Ishtiaq Urmar. Chief Secretary Mohammad Shehzad Arbab, Secretary Information Tariq Jameel, Principal Secretary to CM Ashfaq Ahmad, Central leader PTI Saifullah Niazi, Director Information Behramand Khan, Media Expert Najeebullah Afridi, Spokesman of CM Sheraz Paracha and others were also present on this occasion.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said, the Information Department was supposed to effectively make known the steps being taken by the government for the general public as well as play the role of creating awareness among the people.
He said that Information was the most important among all the departments as it was the mouth-piece of the government adding that the performance of the government would not be visible till it was not made known to the public.
He directed the concerned quarters to submit a detailed report about the shortcomings of the Information Department along with proposals for enhancing its capacity in order to make it compatible with the challenges of the time. He said the government wanted to see the Information Department in a very dynamic and creative form and for this purpose every possible steps would be taken.
The Information Department should work as a bridge between the government and the general public, he said that its present role was no more needed in the present fast changing times. The Chief Minister said the PTI government wanted the Information to play the role of front line department as it was the need of the time.
He stressed the need for streamlining the overall functions of the department including the advertisements and public relationing with the media specially the electronic media.