The Ministry of Media and the Department of Government Information will undertake a major training program to develop the professional standard of media personnel in both the public and private sectors this year, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Media, Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga, revealed yesterday.
Under this program everyone from provincial correspondents belonging to the mass media to media officers in the public sector will benefit with adequate professional training and proper recognition from society, revealed Dr. Samaratunga while addressing the staff of the Ministry of Finance and Media and the Department of Government Information at the department’s auditorium.
Describing the activities of the Department of Government Information, the Secretary said that its main duty was to implement the Right to Information Act (RTI Act) properly for the benefit of the people and the RTI should form a part of the daily lives of the masses.
The DGI has another responsibility of creating awareness among scientists, users and the general public on the activities of the National Food Security Program, the Secretary said.
Additional Secretary (Administration and Finance) Ramani Gunawardhana, Additional Secretary (Development and Planning) J.M. Thilaka Jayasundara and the Director General of the Department Attorney-at-Law Sudarshana Gunawardhana were also present.