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Public interface and exhibition wings of MIB integrated for greater synergy

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NEW DELHI: The activities of the Song and Drama Division, the Exhibition Wing of the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity, and the Public Interface Campaign (PIC) work of the Press Information Bureau are to be integrated with the Directorate of Field Publicity.
 
The move is aimed at bringing in greater functional integration and better outreach in the activities of the various field media units of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
 
Under the new directive that takes effect immediately, the director of the Song and Drama Division and the additional director general of the exhibition wing of DAVP will directly report to the principal director general of the DFP at the headquarters.
 
As the budget of all the concerned media units - DFP, S&DD and DAVP – has already been allocated under the ministry budget, the directive issued today said this will be united for the activities to be undertaken by the respective organisations within their budget lines. Thus each unit will only utilize the budget allocated to it for the purpose of public awareness and exhibitions.
 
The PIB does not have any staff for public awareness campaigns and the concerned information officers are asked to pitch in whenever needed, the order says these activities will be performed by the DFP and the funds earmarked for the DCID Scheme for PIC activities shall be utilizd by DFP.
 
Interestingly, various committees had  recommended similar integration of activities of different media units of I and B doing similar work in the 1980s. Those committees had said the exhibition wings to be under one head, the film wings to be under one head, and the public information wings to be under a third head.  
 

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