Publicity Officer.

The Directorate of Publicity, Government of Maharashtra, Bombay has a District Publicity Office situated at Chandrapur in charge of the District Publicity Officer. He gives wide publicity to the developmental activities and various schemes under- taken by the State Government.

The media of documentary films, newspapers, booklets, periodicals and other visual aids is used for the purpose of educating the people. The District Publicity Officer issues news items and feature articles to the local newspapers of the district. He keeps close contacts with the officials as well as the social workers, press and the main currents in the public life of the district and acts as a liaison between the people of the district and the Government.

The District Publicity Officer arranges sale and distribution of the publications issued by the Directorate of Publicity as also by the Government of India. He also distributes wall posters, folders, booklets, leaflets etc., brought out by the Directorate of Publicity. He maintains library of documentary films produced or released by the Directorate. These films are loaned to the Panchayat Samitis, colleges, high schools and social, institutions, having cine-projectors for exhibition.

Besides this, the Directorate of Publicity also runs Information Centre under the supervision of the District Publicity Officer. The Centre fully equipped with varied information, charts, maps, models, exhibits, etc., serves as a useful medium for explaining to the people of the district the progress of various schemes and projects under the Five Year Plans. The Centre provides for a free reading room where newspapers, magazines, maps and charts giving information about the district, booklets on Government activities in the district and books of general interest and other reports are kept for ready reference. The District Publicity Officer organises cultural programmes, film shows and kavi sammelans etc., in the Information Centre. The cine-equipment alongwith mobile publicity van have been transferred to the Zilla Parishad.

Under the Contributory Community Listening Scheme, 233 villages in the district have been provided with radio sets. Under the scheme any village desirous of having a radio set is required to pay Rs. 175 towards installation and Rs. 60 as maintenance charges. The radio sets are installed in public places such as village panchayat office, village chavdi, village library, etc.