Sikkim: IPR Minister Slams Finance Department For Delay In Payment Of Advertisements

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Sujal Pradhan, NET Correspondent, Sikkim

The Information & Public Relations (IPR) Minister of Sikkim – BS Panth, slammed the Finance Department for slashing the projection budget, which led to a delay in the payment of advertisement bills.

On the occasion of National Press Day, the Minister noted that “after joining the IPR Department, he was informed on the matter, leading to delay in payment of advertisements.

If this continues, publicity of state government will turn impossible. “I am not blaming the department, but it’s high time, we change the system for ‘paribartan’.”

He assured to resolve the challenges faced by the media fraternity, urging the scribes to find a solution for streamlining the process and regulating digital media.

Panth mentioned that quick solution to the paperwork issue of Press Club Bhawan, placed by the President of Press Club (PCS) of Sikkim Shekhar Khawas.

Despite CM’s assurance to provide the building to PCS, only two floors have been provided to PCS, thereby instigating Mr. Khawas to place the issue before the Minister.

During the event, Pritam Lama was conferred with the Late YN Bhandari Journalism Award, and Grameen Patrakarita Purashkar by the Press Club of Sikkim (PCS). While Homanth Dabari, Saroj Gurung, and Diwash Rai were presented with the Chief Minister’s award for reporting on Climate Change, Women’s Issues, and Human Rights, respectively.

Organized by the Information and Public Relations (IPR) at Chintan Bhawan on Wednesday, the event was themed ‘Journalism under Digital Siege’.

Besides, the Bhutia Typographic Font was launched by the IPR Department by the chief guest.

“It will assist to frame the syntactic structures of the Bhutia language. Since the Sambota typing font in use has linguistic limitations concerning grammar and punctuation, often resulting in mispronunciation and different word meanings,” said the Editor of Sikkim Herald (Bhutia Language) – Norden Bhutia.

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