The third Media Centre for the North East was inaugurated by Shri F. Malsawma, Minister of Information, Mizoram on 28.02.2000 at Press Information Bureau, Aizawl. The meeting was presided by Shri C Lalrosanga, Chairman, Inter Media Publicity Coordination Committee (IMPCC), Mizoram. Besides the Chief Guest, other speakers included Shri Len. L. Doungel IPS, Chairman, Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee (CGEWCC),Mizoram. Shri D.R.Zirliana, President, Mizoram Journalists Association (MJA), Dr. C. Silvera former Union Minister etc.
The inaugural function was attended by members of the local media and central government offices. Shri B.Narzary, DPR, PIB, Regional office, Guwahati delivered welcome speech and Shri Mangjangam Touthang, AIO, PIB, Aizawl gave vote of thanks.
Press Information Bureau (PIB) is the nodal agency of the Central Government to disseminate information to the print and electronic media on its various policies, programmes, initiatives and achievements. Functioning as an interface between the Government and the Media, PIB provides feedback to government with peoples reaction as reflected in the media.
At present, PIB has a total of 41 offices all over the country. It disseminates information through different formats such as Press Releases, Feature articles, Interviews, Press Conferences, Press Tours and bulletin broad services, etc. The Bureau has a home page on Internet and can be accessed on http://www.pib.nic.in. Newspapers can now directly download materials from the Bureauís bulletin board including photographs and use them in the daily issues of their newspapers.
The Media Centre at PIB, Aizawl, is the third Media Centre in the North East after Guwahati and Shillong which has been provided by the Government for the benefit of local media here. From now on, local media friends can come and avail the facilities provided by PIB for use in their professional work in the Media Centre. They can also get copies of latest news downloaded from Internet free of cost. They can also get other facilities like Reference Books, Type Machines, Press Conference Hall, Press Lounge in the Media Centre. Other Central Govt. Departments located in the state of Mizoram can also use this Media Centre for organising Press Conferences, Press Briefings, Seminars and Symposia. They can also use Slide Projector and Overhead Projector free of cost during their seminars and workshops organised in the Media Centre. In fact, this Media Centre will be like the National Press Centre set up in PIB, New Delhi with facilities like Press Conference Hall., Press Lounge, Reference Library, Type Machine, local Telephone, etc. which can be used by media and other Central Government departments.