Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India)
|Jurisdiction||Government of India|
|Agency executives||Arun Jaitley, Cabinet Minister
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is a branch of the Government of India is the apex body for formulation and administration of the rules and regulations and laws relating to information, broadcasting, the press and films in India.
The Ministry is responsible for the administration of Prasar Bharati-the broadcasting arm of the Indian Government. The Censor Board of India is the other important body under this ministry being responsible for the regulation of motion pictures shown in India.
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- Conditional Access System (CAS)
- Community Radio Stations
- Prasar Bharati
- Akashvani (All India Radio)
- Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited
- Uplinking/Downlinking of TV Channels
- Content Regulation on Private TV Channels
- DIRECT TO HOME(DTH)
- Internet Protocol Television (IPTV)
- Headend-in-the-Sky (HITS)
- Digital television transition
- Radio And Television Licence Around The World
- Broadcasting Authority of India 1977
- Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP)
- Directorate of Field Publicity
- Photo Division
- Publications Division
- Research Reference & Training Division
- Song & Drama Division
- Office of the Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI)
- Press Council of India
- Press Information Bureau (PIB)
- Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC)
- Directorate of Film Festivals (DFAI)
- Films Division (FD)
- Central Board of Film Certification
- Children's Film Society, India
- Film and Television Institute of India, Pune (FTII)
- Film Certification Appellate Tribunal
- National Film Archive of India (NFAI)
- Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI)
- National Film Development Corporation
The mandate of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting are:
- 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 feed-back on the Government policies.
- Administration of the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867 in respect of 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 co-operation in the field of information & mass m
Criticism and controversies
The Ministry has often been criticized for the actions of the various bodies under it:
- Doordarshan, the Indian Public Television Broadcaster, has posted losses for several years despite being granted exclusive access to several events including cricket matches and having the largest terrestrial network in the country.
- The decision of the Censor Board of India to censor some films due to political reasons like foreign ones while allowing several others which may often contain several suggestive and deeply disturbing scenes has been questionable.
- 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 widely criticized in most quarters of the country.
- All India Radio is the only radio broadcaster allowed to broadcast news within India, though this is likely to change with the recommendations of the TRAI.
- The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting asked the media not to air a controversial documentary by BBC about rape in India. 
Former I&B Ministers
- Indira Gandhi (1964–1966)
- I. K. Gujral (1972-1977)
- L.K. Advani (1977–1979)
- Vasant Sathe (1980–1984)
- H.K.L. Bhagat (1984-1988)
- P. A. Sangma (1995–1996)
- Jaipal Reddy (1996–1998)
- Arun Jaitley (2000-2000)
- Sushma Swaraj (2000-2003)
- Ravi Shankar Prasad (2003-2004)
- Dayanidhi Maran (2004-2007)
- Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi (2007-2009)
- Ambika Soni (2009-2012)
Former I&B Minister of State Independent Charge
Former I&B Minister of State
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- "Let private FM radio stations air news: Trai". The Times Of India. 23 February 2008.
- "India: Rape documentary excerpts 'incite violence against women'". CNN. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
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