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MMT at a Glance
             The Government of India established the ‘Office of the Regional Officer’ under the ‘Five-Year Plan Publicity’ for the North Easten Region (NER) of the erstwhile Assam, (now Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura) at Shillong in the year 1956. Mr. P.B. Barthakur, CIS (1956-66) was appointed as the first Regional Officer. The Office of the Regional Officer (NER) continued to function in this arrangement till the year 1982.  
              After 1972, the entire North Eastern Region witnessed the wind of change taken place in many tribal societies. Development is fast growing; new states in the Union of India were carved out of the state of Assam. Meghalaya, Tripura and Manipur became full-fledged states, while Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh were declared Union Territories. In 1987, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh were upgraded to full statehood. North Eastern Region has become a new club of 7 Sister States.
             To boost up the activities of the department with the growing pace of development, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting felt necessary to bifurcate the NER into two Regions i.e. Assam Region and Meghalaya – Mizoram – Tripura (MMT) Regions in 1982, with Guwahati and Shillong as their respective Regional Headquarters. Mr. B.K. Saikia, was the first Regional Officer of MMT Region, Shillong.
            Right from its inception with new responsibility to look after the three States of Meghalaya, Mizoram & Tripura, the Regional Office, Shillong started functioning in full swing organizing filed programmes in the far-flung areas. The Region is facing complex problems far different from other Regions as it covers long stretch of Tribal Belt and International Border with Bangladesh and Myanmar. 
               The vast stretch of difficult areas of the MMT Region was entrusted to look after the publicity works of the Government and with a handful existing units ready at the time, the field staffs went ahead fulfilling the ever high demand for quality programmes. 
             The following Units namely; Agartala, Shillong, Tura, Aizawl, Kailashahar and Lunglei had immensely contributed in the yeoman service to the Nation by organizing National Integration and Communal Harmony during the two Indo-Pakistan wars in 1965 and 1970-71 among the villages situated along the International Border with erstwhile East Pakistan.During these periods field Units organized hundreds of programmes for the benefit of the people in the border areas to instill in them the spirit of Patriotism and National Unity.  
           As recognition to the sincere contributions of the Units in fulfilling their duties by overcoming all odds, the Headquarters, Directorate of Field Publicity, New Delhi has awarded two shields in 1971 and 1975 which are being proudly displayed in the Regional Office to this day.   
           Meghalaya – The state of Meghalaya is having a stretch of about 443 Kms of international border with Bangladesh. The main Tribal communities inhabited in the State particularly adjacent to the Border with Bangladesh are the Garos, the Khasis, Hajong and Rabhas with few villages having a mixed population with Bengalis and minority Muslims. Out of 7 Districts of Meghalaya, 5 Districts consisting of West Garo Hills, South Garo Hills, East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills and Jiantia Hills are having porous International Border.  
             Mizoram – Mizoram is a hilly and mountainous State situated in the Southern tip of the North Eastern Region. Three fourth of the state is bound by borders with Myanmar in the East covering about 318 Kms and Bangladesh in the West covering about 405 Kms. Out of the Nine Districts, Seven are closely adjacent to the two international borders. The main tribes inhabiting Mizoram are the Mizos, Chakma, Pawis and Lakhers with mixed population with other small communities.     
             Tripura – Tripura is like a camel’s ear hanging on Mizoram and Karimganz district of Assam and has a total stretch of about 856 Kms of Internation Border with Bangladesh. The main communities inhabiting the state are Bengalis, Tripuri tribes like Debberma and Reang, Chakmas and other small tribal communities in eight districts. The state capital Agartala is just one and half Kms away from the International Border. Some of the Villages in Tripura are sharing half of recreational play grounds between India and Bangladesh. 
During the month of April 2017, the region has organised 59 Routine programmes across the three states of Meghalaya, Mizoram & Tripura and has reached 14 Border villages and 26 Minority concentrated villages. The units in the region have mounted 58 Films shows, 90 Oral Communications, 58 Photo Exhibitions and covered a total of 59 villages with over 15000 audiences and collected 44 feedback responses.
In August 2017, the region has conducted three Special Outreach Programmes on National Handloom Day and two SOPs on Sankalp Se Siddhi. One more SOP on Sankalp Se Siddhi is being done at the end of the month. The region has also conducted special programmes on Independence day. Other routine programmes 53 villages which includes 19 Border villages and 21 Minority concentrated villages. A total of over 15000 audience has been covered in 51 routine programmes.
During the month of February 2017, the MMT Region has conducted seven Awareness Programmes on RMNCH+A in 3 states of Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura and covered rural villages. Highlighted the themes on PMJDY, SBA, BBBP, Digital transactions and also highlight the 2 year Achievement of the govt. . F/activities are V/S, P/Exh, O/C & spl.prog
During the month of March 2017, the MMT Region has conducted eleven Awareness Programmes on RMNCH+A in 3 states of Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura and covered rural villages. The region has also highlighted the themes of PMJDY, SBA, BBBP, Digital transactions and also highlight the 2 year Achievement of the government through activities like Film Shows, Photo Exhibition, Oral Communication & special programmes.
During the period under report the region has conducted 50 routine programmes on various themes in the three states of Meghalaya, Mizoram & Tripura. A total 47 film shows, 65 Group Discussions, 51 photo exhibitions, 41 feedback responses have been done in 41 villages covering about 13000 audiences.
The region has conducted 3 SOPs of first quarter and 56 routine programmes in the three states of Meghalaya, Mizoram & Tripura. In all the region has hosted 65 Film shows, 1 special programme, 124 group discussions and covered over 21000 audiences in 69 villages
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