District Publicity Officer.

The Directorate of Publicity, Government of Maharashtra, Bombay has a District Publicity Office, situated at Dhulia in charge of the District Publicity Officer. He gives wide publicity to the developmental activities and schemes undertaken 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 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 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 libraries of documentary films produced or released by the Directorate. These films are loaned to the Block Development Officers, 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 various information charts, maps, models, exhibits, etc., serves as 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 the 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., at the Information Centre.

The number of villages in the district which have been provided with radio receiving sets under the contributory scheme of community listening is 276.