Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India)
|Formed||15 August 1947; 73 years ago|
|Jurisdiction||Republic of India|
|Employees||4,012 (2016 est.)|
|Annual budget||₹4,488.98 crore (US$600 million) (2018-19 est.)|
|Deputy Minister responsible|
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.
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.
- 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 and Training Division
- Song and 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 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
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.
- 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.
- The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting asked the media not to air a controversial documentary by BBC about rape in India.
List of Ministers
|No.||Portrait||Name||Term of office||Political party
|1||Vallabhbhai Patel||15 August 1947||26 January 1950||2 years, 164 days||Indian National Congress||Jawaharlal Nehru|
|2||R. R. Diwakar
|31 January 1950||15 April 1952||2 years, 103 days|
|3||B. V. Keskar
|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
|8 November 1973||28 June 1975||1 year, 232 days|
|10||Vidya Charan Shukla
|28 June 1975||24 March 1977||1 year, 269 days|
|11||Lal Krishna Advani||26 March 1977||28 July 1979||2 years, 124 days||Janata Party||Morarji Desai|
|12||Purushottam Kaushik||28 July 1979||14 January 1980||170 days||Janata Party (Secular)||Charan Singh|
|13||Vasant Sathe||14 January 1980||2 September 1982||2 years, 231 days||Indian National Congress||Indira Gandhi|
|14||N. K. P. Salve
|2 September 1982||14 February 1983||165 days|
|15||H. K. L. Bhagat
|14 February 1983||1 December 1984||1 year, 291 days|
|16||V. N. Gadgil
|31 December 1984||22 October 1986||1 year, 295 days|
|17||Ajit Kumar Panja
|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||Telugu Desam Party
|V. P. Singh|
|19||Chandra Shekhar||21 November 1990||21 June 1991||212 days||Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya)||Chandra Shekhar|
|(17)||Ajit Kumar Panja
|21 June 1991||18 January 1993||1 year, 211 days||Indian National Congress||P. V. Narasimha Rao|
|20||K. P. Singh Deo
|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||Bharatiya Janata Party||Atal Bihari Vajpayee|
|23||C. M. Ibrahim||1 June 1996||1 May 1997||334 days||Janata Dal
|H. D. Dewe Gowda|
|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||Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
|Atal Bihari Vajpayee|
|25||Atal Bihari Vajpayee||11 October 1998||5 December 1998||55 days|
|26||Pramod Mahajan||5 December 1998||13 October 1999||312 days|
|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
|29 January 2003||22 May 2004||1 year, 114 days|
|(24)||Jaipal Reddy||23 May 2004||18 November 2005||1 year, 179 days||Indian National Congress
(United Progressive Alliance)
|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|
|28 October 2012||26 May 2014||1 year, 210 days|
|26 May 2014||9 November 2014||167 days||Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
|(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||Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
|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||97 days|
List of Ministers of State
|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||97 days|
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