Last updated on : 21/12/2012


The Directorate of Public Relations (DPR) is the nodal agency for the dissemination of information to the media and the public about the pant event, events, programmes, achievements and major policy decisions of the Ministry, Armed Forces, Inter-Services Organisations and Public Sector Undertakings under the Ministry of Defence. The Directorate with its headquarters in New Delhi and 25 regional offices across the country is responsible for providing media support to ensure wide publicity in the print and the electronic media. It also facilitates media interaction with the leadership and senior officials of the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces by conducting regular interviews, press conferences and press tours.

As in the previous years, the Directorate conducted Defence Correspondents’ Course for media persons from August 16, 2011 to September 17, 2011 to enhance their knowledge about Defence matters. Thirty-one journalists including four women drawn from all over the country attended the course. During the month-long course they had the rare exposure to the maritime boundary adjoining the Rann of Kutch and were also taken to remote Forward Areas in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Directorate brings out a fortnightly journal, Sainik Samachar for the Armed Forces in 13 languages. The Broadcasting section of the Directorate coordinates and produces a 40 minute programme ‘Sainikon Ke Liye’ that is broadcast daily on All India Radio for the Armed Forces personnel. The Photo Section of the Directorate provides photo coverage to important events related to Defence.  Efforts are on to digitise the Photo Archives of the Photo Section.

Media publicity for the major events is arranged by DPR.

Coverage was also arranged in the form of photographs and news reports for various military exercises and assignments including those abroad. 

Visits of the Indian Defence Minister and Armed Forces Chiefs abroad and the visits of foreign dignitaries to India were also prominently covered.

Major decisions of the Union Cabinet and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) including the Armed Forces were also widely publicized. 

The DPR also conducts media tours to various places across the country for major events and familiarization of visits.

This Directorate also arranges all media facilities related to the Republic Day Celebrations and brings out a commentary for the parade on the Rajpath. Other important calendar events such as the Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort, Combined Commanders’ Conference and NCC Rally addressed by the Prime Minister and Defence Investiture Ceremonies at Rashtrapati Bhawan were also accorded due publicity.

Note: Source - Annual Report 2011-2012