Departments directed to pay all pending bills to media houses

DIMAPUR, MAR 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/17/2021 1:36:53 PM IST

State government has directed the government departments to clear all pending bills to the Media houses at the earliest to ensure smooth functioning and cordial relationship between the Government of Nagaland and the media.

According to an official bulletin, the state chief secretary, J Alam, conveyed the directive during a meeting held at the Secretariat Conference Hall, Kohima on March 17, 2021. The meeting was attended by officials from concerned departments and representatives from Nagaland Post, Morung Express, Eastern Mirror, Nagaland Page and Tir Yimyim. He said that the meeting was convened in order to address and resolve the issue.

Alam informed that a memorandum from the media houses of the State regarding pending advertisement bills was received by the State Government, which was taken up in the Cabinet Meeting held on March 11, 2021. He stated that the Cabinet was of the view that the media plays an important role in the State and felt that no dues should be left pending so as to ensure proper functioning of the media houses. 

Calling for modernization of bill payment system by the departments, the chief secretary urged them to make electronic payments. He said that technology has provided solutions to various problems and challenges faced by the state government in the past as well. Alam also mooted the possibility of developing appropriate software in consultation with technical department. 

The meeting, which deliberated on various other issues related to the functioning of the media and government, agreed on various points to be taken up at the earliest. The chief secretary urged payments of all pending bill to media houses to be cleared by March 31, 2021.

Each department would appoint one nodal officer for advertisement related matters and would submit the name along with designation, phone number and email address to the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR). DIPR would send the compiled list to the media houses. 

The state government would hold an internal meeting with all departments and workout policies for better functioning and relationship between the government and media in the state.


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