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The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
(Ministry of I&B) is a branch of the Government of India which is 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 Central Board of Film Certification
is the other important functionary under this ministry being responsible for the regulation
of motion pictures broadcast in India.==Organisation==
Broadcasting Conditional Access System (CAS)
Community Radio Stations Prasar Bharati
Doordarshan 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 Information
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)
Films 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==Mandate==
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 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 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)
Sushma Swaraj (1996) Jaipal Reddy (1996–1998)
Arun Jaitley (2000) Sushma Swaraj (2000–2003)
Ravi Shankar Prasad (2003–2004) Dayanidhi Maran (2004–2007)
Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi (2007–2009) Ambika Soni (2009–2012)
Manish Tewari (2012–2014) Prakash Javadekar (2014)
Arun Jaitley (2014–2016) Venkaiah Naidu (2016–2017)
Smriti Irani (2017-2018) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2018-Incumbent)==List of I&B Ministers of State==
N. K. P. Salve Ambareesh (2006–2008)
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2014–Incumbent)==See also==
Government of India Prasar Bharati
Doordarshan Censor Board of India
Indian Information Service

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