GUWAHATI, June 8 - The role and importance of public relations (PR) � both in government and corporate sectors � was highlighted at a discussion held at the Guwahati Press Club, under the auspices of the Retired Information and Public Relations Officers� Association.
The meeting held on the occasion yesterday, was presided over by Pratap Bardoloi.
Inaugurating the discussion, DN Chakravartty, senior journalist, referred to the important role played by PR personnel even after their retirement.
On the ongoing mass resistance in Assam to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, he said as any outright rejection of the Bill by the Assamese people might send a wrong signal to the rest of the country, it would be more sagacious to request the Government of India to introduce an amendment to the Bill by incorporating a clause debarring Assam from the purview of the Bill.
�The Government of India should be told categorically that Hindu Bengali refugees could be settled in Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and a few other States, and that Assam should not be overburdened by a fresh stream of immigration,� he added.
Retired bureaucrat JP Saikia said PR is a tough job where one could seldom get thanks and is very often bombarded with heavy criticism for a minor slip.
Manorama Baruah, Jagadish Baruah, Dinesh Deka, Bhabesh Kalita, Satish Talukdar and Khagen Medhi took part in the discussion.
Earlier, general secretary Hiranya Bhuyan mentioned that the first annual session of the association would be held on October 7 in which a special publication would be released.