Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India)

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of India
सूचना एवं प्रसारण मंत्रालय, भारत सरकार
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Agency overview
JurisdictionIndiaRepublic of India
HeadquartersNew Delhi
Employees4,012 (2016 est.)[1]
Annual budget4,488.98 crore (US$650 million) (2018-19 est.)[2]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
Websitewww.mib.gov.in

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (Ministry of I&B) is a ministerial level agency of the Government of India responsible for the formulation and administration of rules, regulations and laws in the areas of information, broadcasting, the press and the Cinema of India.[3]

The Ministry is responsible for the administration of Prasar Bharati, the broadcasting arm of the Indian Government. The Central Board of Film Certification is the other important statutory body under this ministry being responsible for the regulation of motion pictures broadcast in India.

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Organisation[edit]

Mandate[edit]

The mandate of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting are:[3]

  • News Services through All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan (DD) for the people.
  • Development of broadcasting and television.
  • Import and export of films.
  • Development and promotion of film industry.
  • Organisation of film festivals and cultural exchanges for the purpose.
  • Directorate of Advertising and visual publicity DAVP
  • Handling of press relations to present the policies of Government of India and to get feedback on the Government policies.
  • Administration of the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867 in respect to newspapers.
  • Dissemination of information about India within and outside the country through publications on matters of national importance.
  • Research, Reference and Training to assist the media units of the Ministry to meet their responsibilities.
  • Use of interpersonal communication and traditional folk art forms for information publicity campaigns on public interest issues.
  • International cooperation in the field of information and mass media.

Criticism and controversies[edit]

The Ministry has often been criticised for the actions of the various bodies under it:

  • Arbitrary actions taken in the past to ban television channels which ostensibly showed explicit scenes, as well as actions taken to ban general use websites like Yahoo Groups, have been criticised.[4][5]
  • All India Radio is the only radio broadcaster allowed to broadcast news in India, though this is likely to change with the recommendations of the TRAI.[6]
  • The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting asked the media not to air a controversial documentary by BBC about rape in India.[7]

List of I&B Ministers[edit]

Name Term of office Political party
(Alliance)
Prime Minister
1 Vallabhbhai Patel 2 September 1946 1949 Indian National Congress Jawaharlal Nehru
2 R. R. Diwakar[8] 1949 15 April 1952
3 B. V. Keskar[9] 1952 1962
4 Satya Narayan Sinha[10] September 1963 June 1964
Indian National Congress Lal Bahadur Shastri
5 Indira Gandhi[11] 1964 1966
6 Nandini Satpathy[12] 1966 1972 Indian National Congress Indira Gandhi
7 Inder Kumar Gujral[13][14][15] 1973 1975
8 Vidya Charan Shukla[16] 1975 23 March 1977
9 Lal Krishna Advani[17] 24 March 1977 28 July 1979 Janata Party Morarji Desai
10 Purushottam Kaushik[18] 28 July 1979 14 January 1980 Janata Party (Secular) Charan Singh
11 Vasant Sathe[19] 1980 1982 Indian National Congress Indira Gandhi
12 H. K. L. Bhagat[20][21] February 1983 December 1984
Rajiv Gandhi
13 V. N. Gadgil[22][21] January 1985 October 1986
14 Ajit Kumar Panja[23][21] 1986 1988
(12) H. K. L. Bhagat[20] February 1988 December 1989
15 P. Upendra[24] 2 December 1989 10 November 1990 Telugu Desam Party
National Front
V. P. Singh
16 Chandra Shekhar[25] 1990 1991 Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya) Chandra Shekhar
(14) Ajit Kumar Panja[23][21] 1991 1993 Indian National Congress P. V. Narasimha Rao
17 K. P. Singh Deo[26] January 1993 September 1995
18 P. A. Sangma[27] 1995 1996
19 Jaipal Reddy[28][29] 1996 1998 Janata Dal
National Front
H. D. Dewe Gowda
I. K. Gujral
20 Arun Jaitley 1998 2000 Bharatiya Janata Party
National Democratic Alliance
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
21 Sushma Swaraj[30] 30 September 2000 29 January 2003
22 Ravi Shankar Prasad 2003 2004
(19) Jaipal Reddy[28] 23 May 2004 17 November 2005 Indian National Congress
United Progressive Alliance
Manmohan Singh
23 Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi[31] November 2005 2009
24 Ambika Soni May 2009 28 October 2012
25 Manish Tewari 28 October 2012 26 May 2014
26 Prakash Javadekar[32][21] 26 May 2014 9 November 2014 Bharatiya Janata Party
National Democratic Alliance
Narendra Modi
(20) Arun Jaitley 9 November 2014 5 July 2016
27 Venkaiah Naidu 5 July 2016 17 July 2017
28 Smriti Irani 18 July 2017 14 May 2018
29 Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore 14 May 2018 31 May 2019
30 Prakash Javadekar 31 May 2019 "Incumbent"

List of I&B Ministers of State[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Central govt to hire 2.8 lakh more staff, police, I-T & customs to get lion's share - Times of India".
  2. ^ "Budget data" (PDF). www.indiabudget.gov.in. 2019.
  3. ^ a b About Us Main Page
  4. ^ "News18.com: CNN-News18 Breaking News India, Latest News Headlines, Live News Updates". News18.
  5. ^ "Outrage over India Yahoo ban". BBC News. 29 September 2003.
  6. ^ "Let private FM radio stations air news: Trai". The Times Of India. 23 February 2008.
  7. ^ "India: Rape documentary excerpts 'incite violence against women'". CNN. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  8. ^ "[1]". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)[2] (RAJYA SABHA MEMBERS, BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, 1952 – 2003: D)
  9. ^ Second Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : KESKAR, DR. B. V.
  10. ^ 4th Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : SINHA. SHRI SATYA NARAYAN
  11. ^ 7th Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : GANDHI, SHRIMATI INDIRA
  12. ^ "[3]". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)[4] (RAJYA SABHA MEMBERS, BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, 1952 – 2003: S)
  13. ^ "Inder Kumar Gujral". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  14. ^ "Ex-Prime Minister IK Gujral dies at 92". The Tribune. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  15. ^ "BJP may not go with Akalis on gifting Jalandhar to Gujral". Indian Express. 6 December 1997. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  16. ^ "VC Shukla, the man who dared muzzle the Press and Kishore Kumar". Hindustan Times. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  17. ^ Sixteenth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : Advani,Shri Lal Krishna Archived 5 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ 9th Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : KAUSHIK, SHRI PURUSHOTTAM
  19. ^ 9th Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : SATHE, SHRI VASANT
  20. ^ a b 9th Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : BHAGAT, SHRI H.K.L.
  21. ^ a b c d e Minister of State (Independent Charge)
  22. ^ 9th Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : GADGIL, SHRI VITHAL NARHAR
  23. ^ a b Thirteenth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : Panja,Shri Ajit Kumar
  24. ^ "[5]". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)[6] (RAJYA SABHA MEMBERS, BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, 1952 – 2003: U)
  25. ^ Fourteenth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : Chandra Shekhar,Shri
  26. ^ Thirteenth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : Singh Deo,AVSM, Brig.(Retd.) Kamakhya Prasad
  27. ^ Sixteenth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : Sangma, Shri Purno Agitok Archived 19 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ a b Fifteenth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : Reddy,Shri Jaipal Sudini
  29. ^ "[7]". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)[8] (RAJYA SABHA MEMBERS, BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, 1952 – 2003: R)
  30. ^ |image = Secretary Tillerson is Greeted by Indian Minister of External Affairs Swaraj (24074726498) (cropped).jpg Sixteenth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : Swaraj,Smt. Sushma
  31. ^ Fourteenth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : Dasmunsi,Shri Priya Ranjan
  32. ^ [9]
  33. ^ "Rajya Sabha Members: Biographical Sketches 1952 - 2003: S" (PDF). Rajya Sabha website.

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