Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India)

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of India
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Republic of India
Headquarters New Delhi
Employees 4,012 (2016 est.)[1]
Annual budget 4,488.98 crore (US$650 million) (2018-19 est.)[2]
Minister responsible
Agency executive

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (Ministry of I&B) is a 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.[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 functionary 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 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.[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]
  • The ministry has been criticised in its role of the way it has handled the FTII strike.

List of I&B Ministers

List of I&B Ministers of State

See also


  1. "Cabinet reshuffle: Portfolios of Modi's ministers". 5 July 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
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