Guwahati, Mar 28 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today ordered the Information and Public Relations Department to create a fresh directorate to specifically deal with the electronic and social media.

Chairing a meeting of the department, he ordered restructuring of the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) in tune with changing trends of mass media to make it more productive.

“Along with the print media, electronic and social media today enjoy significant command over the information dissemination system. The existing directorate would deal with the print media, whereas the new directorate would look after the electronic and social media”, he said.

The chief minister also laid stress on speedy redressal of the grievances of mediapersons and media houses and asked the department to take steps for early finalisation of the new State Advertisement Policy.

He also directed the department to institute awards to encourage young mediapersons who play a significant role in generating positive temperament in the society through their news reports in both print and electronic media.

Sonowal said six such awards would be given every year.

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