Construction work on 26 district information complexes across the country may begin in the forthcoming 2021-2022 fiscal year, said Khaja Miah, secretary to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said on Thursday.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of a "Virtual Workshop of District Information Officers", Miah said, "The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) has approved the project to construct the district information complexes across the country for further expanding and strengthening the activities of the Mass Communication Department."
Calling the staff of the ministry as a "bridge" between the government and the people, Khaja Miah said the information ministry has been mandated to publicise the government's policies, strategies and development activities and ensure people's participation in them.
The workshop was organised under the "Awareness Communication Programme on Child and Women Development (Phase 5)" project of the ministry.
The virtual workshop was attended by 68 information officers from across the country.
They mainly convey necessary messages to the general and marginalised people through inter-personal information about various government policies and developmental activities.
Bidhan Chandra Karmakar, director general of the Mass Communication Department, presided over the workshop.
He said the government body has reached its present stage under the guidance of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1972 through various rotations since its establishment in British India in 1924.
Besides disseminating information about the development work of the government, information officers and other employees concerned have been working tirelessly during various disasters, including the Covid-19 pandemic, he added.