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Public Relations Officer
Room No.17, Ground Floor
District Collectorate
Nagapattinam 611 003
District Collectorate

TourismBoat on Fishing Plays a Key Economy for the District even though Agriculture and Fishing are the Major ones. Shrines, Places of Hindu Faith, Mosques forms the Spiritual Tourism for the district. Annual Festivals and functions marks glory of the Year. Heritages like Tarangam padi Fort, Poompuhar speaks of the rich civilization of this land.  

Thisdanish Fort was the only busy trade centre on the Coromandal coast for the Danes.This fort was declared as a protected monument by the Department of Archaeology, Government of Tamilnadu in 1977 ADThe Danes constructed fortifications on the coast at Tranquebar. This fort was a busy trade centre till 1845 AD when the Danes handed over the fort to the English. It was used as a Public Works Department Travellers Bungalow for government servants and colonials till 1977 AD.  

OneAgri Field Agriculture Field of the major economies of the District, Agriculture contributes a higher share of Rice Production in the State. We have raised so many important agricultural crop in our District. Rice, Groundnut, Pulses, Gingelly, Sugarcane and Cotton.  

FishingFishing Catched Fish - moving out along with Para marine activities like Dry fish ,Prawn farming constitues the second Major economy for the district. The marine ecosystem provides mankind with food, medicines, industrial products and pleasure.  

Information and Public Relation Department

Communication form a vital part of the Information and Public Relations Department. The District Information and Public Relations offices disseminate information relating to the welfare schemes and activities of the Government besides creating awareness among the people through print and electronic media.

The District Information and Public Relation offices release Government press releases and photographs to media, organize video shows in places where people throng in large numbers, press conferences and publicity through local cable TV Channels, Government functions, multi-media Campaigns and mini-exhibitions besides maintaining memorials. With a view to facilitate the work of the Information and Public Relations offices in the districts, the district offices have been upgraded with necessary infrastructure.

This office is headed by a Public Relations Officer, along with an Adddional Officer and a Media Personnel and Human Resource to support administrative functions of the office.Special Media Centres would be setup during key events like Mansoon Periods, Election and part of Disaster Management exercises. This office also executes awareness campaigns at public Places and at remote Locations, taking Government activities and other Public Information closer to citizens. This also plays key role in taking health information specially during periods of mass sufferings and Seasonal outbreaks. It also coordinates with other Private Players/Stake Holders in Media, helps scaling better Reach of Information.


Information and Public Relation Department follows they above precept by its essential job of informing the peopl e on the activities of the departments as well as the Government schemes to enable people understand them. Information and Public Relation Departments important task is to create awareness above these schemes, towards this object this department is carrying out the publicity on various fronts.

Press Release

Information and Public Relation Department to ensure daily one department and development activity to release a newspaper by District Collector.

Press Tour

Everymonth 2 times only one department activity to conduct the press tour by District Collector and some message to reach the public in this work very very important in our department.

Video Van Publicity

All Government schemes implemented achievements, development works Honorable Chief Minister announcement to reach the village people through video van publicity details of governments chemes.

Cable T.V. Relay

The Government news bulletin is telecast by local cable T.V. daily one or two times.

Government Functions

All the Government functions are conducted by the Information and Public Relation Department to organize function inv itation arrangements to the beneficiaries and publicity works.

Multimedia Combine and Small Photo Exhibition

Every year multimedia exhibition conducted by our departments. All the departments will participated to exhibition very very useful to the public. Some departments to distributed welfare measure.

Press Bus Pass

Free Bus Passes issued by the District Collector. 30 Reporters, Photographers get free Bus passes in the District

Journalist Pension

Journalist pension scheme is implemented for the benefit of the retire senior journalist in impoverished conditions . This scheme who vogue in over 20 years. Present Government enhanced it to Rs.4000/- has pension.

Press Meet

Every month 8 times to arrange a press meet lead by District Collector. All the development to Government schemes of the department who are benefited by the particular scheme and this developments welfare schemes to reach the public. The Government important announcement published in the local media, local news paper and televisions.

Photo Release

Important programs, events and meetings of the honorable Minister and District Collector are participate to release the photo coverage.

Journalist Family Pension

The scheme of providing pension to the family of journalist. The pension amount has now been enhanced to Rs.2000/- for month.

Photo Exhibition @ Nagapattinam

Public visit at Phot Exhibition
Public visit at Phot Exhibition View 2

Press Release Section is an important section of the department of Information and Public Relations which functions 24 hours a day on all 365 days. The Press Release Section releases the announcements, achievements, press releases and press notes of the Hon'ble Chief Minister and Hon'ble Ministers, information on Government welfare schemes, development works, Government sponsored programmes and related photographs to the print and electronic media. They are sent by e-mail and fax to media numbering around 200 in order to reach out to the public instantaneously.
This Section also organizes the press conferences of the Hon'ble Chief Minister and Hon'ble Ministers. Important press releases containing Government announcements are sent to District Information and Public Relations Offices so that the media in the districts also publish them. This Section makes all the necessary arrangements for the media to gather news about the functions attended by Hon'ble Ministers and Secretaries and Collectors.
Besides, news and photographs of the Government functions and other programmes in the districts attended by Hon'ble Ministers are received by this section through the Information and Public Relations Offices concerned and are sent to the media at the headquarters, by this section.



This scheme is being implemented since 1986. A monthly pension of Rs.5000/- was given to retired journalists in indigent circumstances who had served for 20 years and above. Hon'ble Chief Minister has enhanced this pension amount to Rs.6,000/- from 14.09.2011. A sum of Rs.45.00 lakhs was allocated for the pension during 2011-2012. Pension has been sanctioned to 109 journalists so far under this scheme.


A monthly family pension of Rs.2500/- was given to the wife of a Journalist pensioner, on his death. Hon'ble Chief Minister has enhanced this amount to Rs.3000/- from 14.09.2011. So far wives of 25 deceased pensioners have been benefited under this scheme. A sum of Rs.5.40 lakh was allotted during 2011-2012 for this scheme.


Journalist's Family Benefit Fund is being given from the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund to families of journalists who happen to die while serving as editor/sub-editor/reporter/photographer/proof-reader.


Rs.1 crore has been allocated for this fund has been deposited with Tamil Nadu Power Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation fetching an interest of Rs.83,333/- per month. A Journalist in service who suffers from serious illness is eligible for a sum of Rs.50,000/- for medical treatment.


Tamil Nadu Housing Board is allotting rental quarters to journalists under special category. So far, 367 journalists have been allotted.


Under this scheme, 785 journalists have so far been provided with house sites at concessional rates.


Press Accreditation Cards are provided every year to media personnel working in newspapers / television channels/news agencies on the recommendation of the Press Accreditation Committee constituted by the Government. These cards are issued to the journalists through the District Collectors in the districts.


Press Pass Cards are issued to journalists of periodicals on the recommendation of the Press Pass Recommendation Committee, constituted by the government.


To enable journalists to collect news, free bus passes are issued valid for a year to travel in Government Transport Corporation buses are issued every year. This Department reimburses an approximate sum of Rs.55.00 lakh per year to the Transport Corporations to meet this expenditure.


The news released by Press Trust of India and United News of India are received in the following places for 24 hours on all 365 days:

  1. Raj Bhavan
  2. Hon'ble Chief Minister's residence
  3. Press Release Section, Secretariat
Online Facility for Uploading Video Clippings

To facilitate delivery of video clippings of Hon'ble Chief Minister's functions and Government programmes instantaneously to media from the Press Release Section in the Secretariat, an online media exchange and supply chain management solution established at a cost of Rs.50.00 lakh will be shortly inaugurated.

Media Centre

As ordered by the Hon'ble Chief Minister, a Media Centre established at an estimate of Rs.31.00 lakhs in the Secretariat will be shortly inaugurated to facilitate the media personnel to send their news and photographs to their concerns immediately.


Colour photographs are taken with digital cameras and sent from the Secretariat by e-mail to about 200 media organizations simultaneously. Further, photographs of important functions are sent immediately to the media from the function site itself by using laptops with internet facility.
All function photographs are preserved for future use in CDs format. Already 75,000 rare negatives of photographs have been digitally scanned with suitable titles and preserved for easy retrieval at a cost of Rs. 13.25 lakhs. Further, 1.60 lakh negatives of photographs will be shortly digitally scanned and preserved.


The Reference Section brings to the notice of the Government the important news items published in newspapers and periodicals. This section consolidates the news clippings from dailies, periodicals and upcountry newspapers and submits them daily for the perusal of the Hon'ble Chief Minister. News clippings are also submitted to the Hon'ble Ministers, Chief Secretary and Secretaries to Government for perusal and necessary action. Important Tamil and English newspapers are preserved for future reference. They would be available to the Hon'ble Chief Minister, Hon'ble Ministers and Secretaries to Government for reference whenever needed.
As ordered by the Hon'ble Chief Minister, digitalization of the old news papers, paper clippings under various headings viz, announcements speeches, interviews of the Hon'ble Chief Minister, welfare schemes, achievements, Government Orders, editorials, stories/essays, reviews/criticisms, statements of various leaders etc is being done at an estimate of Rs.75.00 lakhs.


The Department of Information and Public Relations releases advertisement on Government policies, schemes, activities, achievements and tenders for work in dailies and periodicals. The release of all the advertisements of Government Departments, Boards, Universities, Corporations and Undertakings are centralized through this Department. The advertisements are released based on their importance, the target group and the target area. Advertisements are also released in Indian Trade Journals.


    Tender and display advertisements are released through the National Informatics Centre, on the Government website www.tn.gov.in, so that these advertisements reach the public. Tender forms can be downloaded free of cost from the website www.tenders.tn.gov.in. As the Government advertisements are released in newspapers as well, transparency in Government administration is ensured. It facilitates participation by all eligible persons in Government tenders.

  2. Tender Bulletins

    The State and the District Tender Bulletins are released every week giving detailed information about the tenders of the Government under the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Transparency in Tenders Act 1998 and the Tamil Nadu Transparency in Tenders Rules 2000 framed thereunder. The Tender Bulletins are published in the website as well i.e www.tn.gov.in. The tender advertisements released from headquarters are released in State Tender Bulletin and those at District level are released in District Tender Bulletins. Decisions taken on the tenders are also published in these bulletins.