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19 April, 2017 12:20:03 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 19 April, 2017 10:59:14 AM
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ISPR to become directorate

88 new posts to be created
DEEPAK ACHARJEE
ISPR to become directorate

In an attempt to make the armed forces’ public relations more dynamic and effective, the government is planning to upgrade the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR), a department under the defence ministry, to the status of a directorate. The authorities have prepared a proposal to upgrade the ISPR from a department to a directorate, sources in the defence ministry said, adding that the move had been initiated in line with the forces’ Goal 2030.
Like the other military directorate in the country, the proposal suggests the creation of a post of the director-general of ISPR—equivalent to the rank of a Brigadier General or joint secretary—to head the organisation, the sources added. According to the proposal, a total of 88 posts including that of the director-general (DG), three posts of director, six posts of deputy director (DD) and nine posts of assistant director (AD) would be created to bolster the working of the organisation. Currently, there are only 33 posts under the existing ISPR organogramme.
The secretary in charge of the ministry of defence, Akhter Hussain Bhuiya, told The Independent that they were reorganising the ISPR to strengthen its activities. “We are trying to upgrade and create more posts to raise its status for maintaining relations with the media and other organisations,” he said.
The defence secretary said electronic, print, and online media units have increased over the years but the ISPR’s capabilities have not kept pace.
At present, the ISPR disseminates military news and information to the country's media and the general people through its four wings—the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Inter-Service.
The ISPR was established in 1972 by the order of the President. The institution was tasked with serving the needs of the armed forces and other defence organisations in matters relating to information publicity and public and press liaison. With very meagre manpower and resources, this organisation started its office in a small portion of Old High Court Building with 37 personnel, including eight officers. As the sphere of work increased, the institution reorganised its strength to 56, including 14 officers, in 1977. Thereafter, however, following an order of the Chief Martial Law Administrator’s Office in 1983, its manpower was reduced to 33, including six Class 1 officers, in 1983. At present, the ISPR is headquartered in the Dhaka cantonment area.

 

 

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