Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India)

Summary

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]

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of India
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Agency overview
Formed15 August 1947; 73 years ago
JurisdictionGovernment of India
HeadquartersNew Delhi
Employees4,012 (2016 est.)[1]
Annual budget4,071.23 crore (US$510 million)(2021-22 est.)[2]
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Apoorva Chandra, IAS, Information and Broadcasting Secretary
Websitewww.mib.gov.in

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.

OrganisationEdit

MandateEdit

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 controversiesEdit

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 MinistersEdit

No. Portrait Name Term of office Prime Minister Party
1   Vallabhbhai Patel 15 August 1947 26 January 1950 2 years, 164 days Jawaharlal Nehru Indian National Congress
2   R. R. Diwakar
(MoS)
31 January 1950 15 April 1952 2 years, 103 days
3 B. V. Keskar
(MoS)
15 April 1952 9 April 1962 9 years, 356 days
4   Bezawada Gopala Reddy 10 April 1962 31 August 1963 1 year, 143 days
5 Satya Narayan Sinha 1 September 1963 9 June 1964 282 days
Lal Bahadur Shastri
6   Indira Gandhi 9 June 1964 24 January 1966 1 year, 229 days
7   Raj Bahadur 24 January 1966 13 March 1967 1 year, 48 days Indira Gandhi
8 Kodardas Kalidas Shah 13 March 1967 14 February 1969 1 year, 338 days
(5) Satya Narayan Sinha 14 February 1969 18 March 1971 2 years, 32 days
(6)   Indira Gandhi 18 March 1971 8 November 1973 2 years, 235 days
9   Inder Kumar Gujral
(MoS)
8 November 1973 28 June 1975 1 year, 232 days
10   Vidya Charan Shukla
(Independent Charge)
28 June 1975 24 March 1977 1 year, 269 days
11   Lal Krishna Advani 26 March 1977 28 July 1979 2 years, 124 days Morarji Desai Janata Party
12 Purushottam Kaushik 28 July 1979 14 January 1980 170 days Charan Singh Janata Party (Secular)
13 Vasant Sathe 14 January 1980 2 September 1982 2 years, 231 days Indira Gandhi Indian National Congress
14 N. K. P. Salve
(Independent Charge)
2 September 1982 14 February 1983 165 days
15 H. K. L. Bhagat
(Independent Charge)
14 February 1983 1 December 1984 1 year, 291 days
Rajiv Gandhi
16 Vitthalrao Gadgil
(Independent Charge)
31 December 1984 22 October 1986 1 year, 295 days
17 Ajit Kumar Panja
(Independent Charge)
22 October 1986 14 February 1988 1 year, 115 days
(15) H. K. L. Bhagat 14 February 1988 2 December 1989 1 year, 291 days
18 P. Upendra 6 December 1989 10 November 1990 339 days V. P. Singh Telugu Desam Party
19   Chandra Shekhar 21 November 1990 21 June 1991 212 days Chandra Shekhar Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya)
(17) Ajit Kumar Panja
(Independent Charge)
21 June 1991 18 January 1993 1 year, 211 days P. V. Narasimha Rao Indian National Congress
20 Kamakhya Prasad Singh Deo
(Independent Charge)
18 January 1993 15 September 1995 2 years, 240 days
21   P. A. Sangma 15 September 1995 16 May 1996 244 days
22   Sushma Swaraj 16 May 1996 1 June 1996 16 days Atal Bihari Vajpayee Bharatiya Janata Party
23   C. M. Ibrahim 1 June 1996 1 May 1997 334 days H. D. Dewe Gowda Janata Dal
24   Jaipal Reddy 1 May 1997 19 March 1998 322 days I. K. Gujral
(22)   Sushma Swaraj 19 March 1998 11 October 1998 206 days Atal Bihari Vajpayee Bharatiya Janata Party
25   Atal Bihari Vajpayee 11 October 1998 5 December 1998 55 days
26 Pramod Mahajan 5 December 1998 13 October 1999 312 days
27   Arun Jaitley
(Independent Charge)
13 October 1999 30 September 2000 353 days
(22)   Sushma Swaraj 30 September 2000 29 January 2003 2 years, 121 days
28   Ravi Shankar Prasad
(Independent Charge)
29 January 2003 22 May 2004 1 year, 114 days
(24)   Jaipal Reddy 23 May 2004 18 November 2005 1 year, 179 days Manmohan Singh Indian National Congress
29   Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi 18 November 2005 11 November 2008 2 years, 359 days
30   Manmohan Singh 11 November 2008 22 May 2009 192 days
31   Ambika Soni 28 May 2009 27 October 2012 3 years, 152 days
32   Manish Tewari
(Independent Charge)
28 October 2012 26 May 2014 1 year, 210 days
33   Prakash Javadekar
(Independent Charge)
26 May 2014 9 November 2014 167 days Narendra Modi Bharatiya Janata Party
(27)   Arun Jaitley 9 November 2014 5 July 2016 1 year, 239 days
34   Venkaiah Naidu 5 July 2016 17 July 2017 1 year, 12 days
35   Smriti Irani 18 July 2017 14 May 2018 301 days
36   Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
(Independent Charge)
14 May 2018 30 May 2019 1 year, 16 days
(33)   Prakash Javadekar 30 May 2019 7 July 2021 2 years, 38 days
37   Anurag Singh Thakur 7 July 2021 Incumbent 1 year, 88 days

List of Ministers of StateEdit

Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Minister of state Portrait Political party Term Years
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore   Bharatiya Janata Party 9 November 2014 14 May 2018 3 years, 186 days
Dr. L Murugan 7 July 2021 Incumbent 1 year, 88 days

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Central govt to hire 2.8 lakh more staff, police, I-T & customs to get lion's share - Times of India". The Times of India.
  2. ^ "Budget data" (PDF). www.indiabudget.gov.in. 2022.
  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. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012.
  7. ^ "India: Rape documentary excerpts 'incite violence against women'". CNN. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.

External linksEdit

  • Official website of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
  • MIB on twitter
  • MIB on Facebook