Exhibition and Field Publicity
Exhibition at national, state and district levels are arranged.
Exhibitions in the rural areas are also conducted. Multi Media
campaigns were launched for creating awareness on 'Decentralized
Planning', 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and national
integration and communal harmony. Organises Kerala pavilion
at IITF, New Delhi, Launches intensive campaigns on special
occasions. An open air theatre 'RANGASALA' is functioning in
Thiruvananthapuram Museum garden for arranging daily film shows
and other cultural programmes for children.
The Department arranges cultural programmes on special occasions
such as Republic Day, Independence Day, Onam Week. Arranges
cultural festivals in Andaman Islands, Pondicherry, Goa, New
Delhi, Bharatotsav and also participates in the Apna Utsav at
Bombay, Kulu-Dasara festival at Himachal Pradesh and Mahakumba
mela at Allahabad. All India Drama Festival and Music Festival
are also organized. Tagore Theatre equipped with 35mm projector
is also under this wing. The theatre is let out to the film
societies and other cultural organizations.
The officers in charge of these centres cover all the Government
functions and provide district level field publicity, exhibition,
special campaign and also prepare feedback report of their respective
districts and send it to the directorate. It provides accreditation
facilities to media persons. Conducts press tours and co-ordinates
all media activities of the Government Departments.
In addition to the Information Centre attached to the Research
and Reference Section the department has information centres
in nine districts. These centres provide information on exclusive
topics. There are nine information centres linked with District
Information Offices and another one is in New Delhi.
The Department provides facilities for reference on various
topics. It has a reference library with a good number of books
from the State and the Central Government. Purchases books for
R &R use and for the District Information Offices and Kerala
Information Centre in New Delhi.
The Scrutiny wing is entrusted with the feedback activities.
Daily press summary is prepared and sent to all Ministers, Department
Heads, Chief Secretary and Governor's Office. Compiles fortnightly
report on people's reaction collected from the districts and
forwarded to the Government.
Two monthly publications - one in Malayalam, Janapatham, and
the other in English, Kerala Calling, are being published by
the Department. Annual subscription of these publications is
Rs. 30 for each. The department publish two news letters 'Samanwayam'
in Malayalam and 'Interface' in English.
A Press Academy, the first of its kind in the country was started
in 1979 with headquarters at Kochi. Sponsored by the State Government
the Academy aims to foster and co-ordinate activities in the
sphere of journalism. The Academy has taken up schemes to organise
seminars, workshops and training courses, publish books on journalism
and also established a library with research facilities. The
Academy now conducts full time as well as part-time courses
As a model for all states Kerala has already introduced journalist
pension schemes. Pension has also been given to eminent journalists
in the State.
Awards were constituted for best photography, general reporting
and development reporting.
> Non Journalist Pension Scheme
The Director at the State level, the Deputy Directors at the
regional level and the Information Officer based in New Delhi
co-ordinate the various activities of the Department with the
Central and State Government Departments. Director of Public
Relations is also the P.R. Officer of the Governor of Kerala
and member Secretary in State Film, TV and Drama Awards judging
committees. The Director or other officer, he deputes attends
the State Cabinet briefing.
The much discussed interaction programme of the Government called
‘Sutharya Keralam’ will be started from this month..
Any individual from anywhere in the State could communicate
with the Chief Minister and set forth their problems and grievances
with the aid of modern technology. The Chief Minister directly
answers the calls every week.
The Information and Public Relations Department has now a non-linear
edit suit. All basic infrastructure facilities are available
for them. News clippings are made and edited by this unit. They
also develop documentaries and serials intended to build up
the cultural heritage of Kerala. 50 profile series of prominent
personalities has been completed. Janapatham, a new teleserial
would soon be telecasted. Digital video archives encompassing
art, culture, history, profile, economy and lifestyle are also
of Government web portal
The official web portal of Kerala Government www.kerala.gov.in
has achieved immense popularity by now. The latest hit report
of the web portal is as high as 3,31,15,399 (as on February
28, 2005). This department manages the coordination required
for developing content for the web portal.