Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India)

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of India
सूचना एवं प्रसारण मंत्रालय, भारत सरकार
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

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 films in India.[4]

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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The mandate of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting are:[4]

  • 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.[5][6]
  • 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.[7]
  • The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting asked the media not to air a controversial documentary by BBC about rape in India.[8]

List of I&B Ministers[edit]

List of I&B Ministers of State[edit]

See also[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). 2019.
  3. ^ "Smriti Irani replaced by Rajyavardhan Rathore as I&B Minister - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b About Us Main Page
  5. ^ " CNN-News18 Breaking News India, Latest News Headlines, Live News Updates". News18.
  6. ^ "Outrage over India Yahoo ban". BBC News. 29 September 2003.
  7. ^ "Let private FM radio stations air news: Trai". The Times Of India. 23 February 2008.
  8. ^ "India: Rape documentary excerpts 'incite violence against women'". CNN. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  9. ^ "BJP may not go with Akalis on gifting Jalandhar to Gujral". Indian Express. 6 December 1997. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Rajya Sabha Members: Biographical Sketches 1952 - 2003: S" (PDF). Rajya Sabha website.

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