About Us
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, through the mass communication media consisting of radio, television, films, the press, publications, advertising and traditional mode of dance and drama plays a significant part in helping the people to have access to free flow of information. It also caters to the dissemination of knowledge and entertainment to all sections of society, striking a careful balance between public interest and commercial needs, in its delivery of services. Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is the apex body for formulation and administration of the rules and regulations and laws relating to information, broadcasting, the press and films. This Ministry is responsible for international co-operation in the field of mass media, films and broadcasting and interacts with its foreign counterparts on behalf of Government of India.

2. VISION OF THE MINISTRY

To disseminate information on the policies, programmes and achievements of Government and provide an enabling environment for the media and entertainment sector to play a pivotal role in providing accurate information, wholesome entertainment & nurturing diverse opinions for educating and empowering the people of India to be informed citizens.

3. MISSION OF THE MINISTRY
  • To effectively disseminate information on the policies, programmes and achievement of Government while ensuring free flow of information to the public and safeguarding freedom of the press and media in general.
  • To communicate and publicize the Government's Flagship programmes directly to the beneficiaries through appropriate multimedia public campaigns down to the grassroots level.
  • Strengthen and expand infrastructural support in order to create opportunities for young talent to develop its potential in the fields of print media, electronic media and films.
  • To promote, facilitate and develop the Broadcasting Industry in India and strengthen the Public Service Broadcaster.
  • Adopt a structured and time bound approach towards evolving a sound and accurate 'Rating' system for Broadcasting Sector which has an over-riding impact on content creation by Broadcasters.
  • Activate the process to evolve Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode in the entertainment and media sectors with industry bodies like CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM etc.
  • To promote and develop good and value based cinema for healthy entertainment of people of all ages and create a policy framework for achieving this.
  • To restore, digitalize, preserve and enhance public access to the archival wealth of films, video and audio resources.
  • Make India the hub for Animation, Gaming and VFX Sector utilizing the comparative advantage of India in this sector.
  • Cambat film music and video piracy in coordination with other concerned agencies.
  • Celebrate 100 years of films in 2013,
  • Ensure transparency in decisions making and eliminate delays in implementation at all levels.
4. The broad mandate assigned to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, as per the Allocation of Business Rules 1961, is summarized below:

(I) INFORMATION SECTOR
  • Publicity for the policies and programmes of Government of India to the grassroots level though multimedia campaigns;
  • Presentation and interpretation of the policies and activities of the Government of India through the medium of the press;
  • Advising Government on information problems relating to the Press; keeping the Government informed of the main trends of public opinion as reflected in the Press and liaison between Government and the press;
  • Production and release of advertisements on behalf of the Government of India;
  • Publicity to and for the Armed Forces;
  • Production, sale and distribution of popular pamphlets, books and journals on matters of national importance for internal as well as external publicity, with a view to imparting upto-date and correct information about India to the general public at home and abroad;
  • Collection, compilation and preparation of research material;
  • Building up of a compendium of knowledge on important subjects and to prepare guidance and background notes on current topics for the use of the Media Units of the Ministry;
  • International co-operation in the field of information & mass media;
  • Cadre management of the Indian Information Service (Groups 'A' & 'B').
  • Administration of the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867 (25 of 1867) and the Rules framed thereunder;
  • Administration of the Press Council Act, 1978 (37 of 1978);
  • Central Press Accreditation Rules 1985;
(II) FILM SECTOR
  • Sanctioning of Cinematograph films for exhibition;
  • Administration of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 (37 of 1952);
  • Import of feature and short films for theatrical and non-theatrical viewing;
  • Export of Indian films, both feature and short films;
  • Import of unexposed cinematograph films and various types of equipment required by the film industry;
  • All matters relating to film industry, including developmental and promotional activities thereto;
  • Promotion of good cinema by institution of State awards for films produced in India and assistance through the National Film Development Corporation Limited;
  • Production and distribution of documentaries and newsreels and other films and film strips for internal and external publicity;
  • Preservation of films and filmic materials;
  • Organisation of International Film Festivals in India and participation of India in International Film Festivals abroad;
  • Organization of Film Festivals under Cultural Exchange Programmes;
  • Film society movement.
(III) BROADCASTING SECTOR
  • All matters relating to radio and television broadcasting within the Union including regulation of the use of All India Radio and Doordarshan by recognized national and regional political parties during elections to the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies and procedure to be followed by the official electronic media during periods of national mourning on the demise of high dignitaries;
  • The enunciation and implementation of the law relating to radio and television broadcasting in India by private Indian companies or Indian nationals;
  • Promotion, facilitation and development of the broadcasting & Television industry in India;
  • Broadcast Monitoring;
  • All matters relating to the Indian Broadcasting (Programme) Service and the Indian Broadcasting (Engineering) Service until they are handed over to Prasar Bharati;
5. Organisational Structure:

The Ministry has the following Media Units/Organisations under its administrative control:

(I) MEDIA UNITS

(i) Press Information Bureau (PIB) (http://www.pib.nic.in/)
  • Act as a nodal agency of the Government for disseminating information to the print/electronic media on the initiatives, policies, programmes and achievements of Government through press releases, photographs, press conferences, interviews, press tours etc.;
  • Provide accreditation facility to media persons to enable them easy access to information from the Government sources.
(ii) Research Reference and Training Division (RR&TD) (http://rrtd.nic.in/)
  • Serve as an information bank as well as an information feeder service to the media units to help in their programming and publicity campaigns;
  • Study trends in Mass Communication Media and maintaining a reference and documentation service of Mass Communication;
  • Provide background, reference and research materials and other relevant facilities relating to mass communication;
  • Look after the training aspect of the Indian Information Service (IIS) officers in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Mass Communication;
  • Publish "India", a reference book.
(iii) Publications Division (DPD) (http://www.publicationsdivision.nic.in/)
  • Publish and sell books and journals at affordable prices on India's art and culture, land and people, biography, flora and fauna, ancient wisdom, works of reference/books and journals like Yojana, Kurukshetra, Employment News, Aajkal, Bal Bharati, etc.;
  • Publish speeches of prominent leaders;
  • Publish the biographies of personalities in Hindi, English and Regional languages under Builders of Modern India Series (BMI) who contributed to the growth and development of Modern India.
(iv) Photo Division (http://photodivision.gov.in)
  • Prepare photographs on the subjects pertaining to the growth and social changes in the country for documentation and for internal and external publicity on behalf of the Government of India;
  • Supply photographs on payment to non-publicity organisations and general public.
(v) Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI) (http://rni.nic.in/)
  • Verify and approve titles of newspapers / journals in India and their registration.
(vi) Directorate of Field Publicity (DAVP) (www.davp.nic.in)
  • Act as the primary multi-media advertising agency of the central government;
  • Cater information and education to the people, both rural and urban, about the government's policies and programmes and make people aware of the national issues.
(vii) Films Division (http://www.filmsdivision.org/)
  • Educate and motivate people for their active support and participation in the implementation of national programmes to uplift the national image and to project the national heritage;
  • Produce documentaries, short films, animation films and newsmagazines having significance in the field of information, communication and integration.
(viii) Directorate of Film Festivals(DFF) (http://dff.nic.in)
  • Provide platform for the best in Indian cinema by organizing the National Film Awards, the Indian Panorama and the International Film Festivals of India every year;
  • Promote cultural understanding and friendship at international level;
  • Make latest trends in world cinema accessible to the public within the country.
(ix) National Film Archive of India (NFAI) (http://nfaipune.nic.in)
  • Trace, acquire and preserve for posterity, the heritage of Indian cinema;
  • Classify documents/data and undertake research relating to films;
  • Act as a center for dissemination of film culture and film heritage.
(x) Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) (http://cbfcindia.gov.in/)
  • Responsible for certifying the films suitable for public exhibition. Appeal against the decision of the Board lies with the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal.
(II) AUTONOMOUS ORGANISATIONS

(i) PRASAR BHARATI

(a) All India Radio (AIR) (http://allindiaradio.org)
  • Educate, entertain and provide news services and other information to the people with the help of its vast network providing radio coverage to 97.3% of the population and 90% of the total area of the country.
(b) Doordarshan (DD) (http://www.ddindia.com/)
  • Educate, entertain and provide 24 hrs news services and other information to the people with the help of its vast network providing radio coverage to 87% of the population and 90% of the total area of the country.
(ii) Press Council of India (PCI) (http://presscouncil.nic.in/)
  • Preserve the freedom of the press, and maintain and improve the standards of newspapers and news agencies in India within the framework of Press Council Act.
(iii) Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) (http://www.ftiindia.com)
  • Provide latest education and technological experience in the art and technique of film-making and television production.
(iv) Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) (http://srfti.gov.in/)
  • Provide latest education and technological experience in the art and technique of film-making and television production.
(v) Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) (http://iimc.nic.in/)
  • Run courses with the objective to produce well-equipped communication professionals sensitive to needs of changing mass communication scenario;
  • Conduct of short term specialized courses to meet the professional training needs of media personnel working in the Central/State Governments and Public Sector Organisations;
  • Conduct of seminars, symposia and conferences on various themes of communication with a view to contributing better understanding of communication in the context of India and other developing countries;
  • Provide consultancy services on request to Central/State Government Departments and Public Sector Undertakings, in designing and organizing training and research programmes related to Development communication.
(vi) Children's Film Society, India (CFSI) (http://www.cfsindia.org/)
  • Provide value-based entertainment to the children and young people through the medium of films;
  • Organize Children's Film Festivals.
(III) PUBLIC SECTOR UNDERTAKINGS

(i) Nation Film Development Corporation Limited (NFDC) (http://www.nfdcindia.com/)
  • Promotion and development of the Indian Film Industry;
  • Encouragement of the concept of low-budget films, quality contents and thematic values by funding/producing.
(ii) Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL) (http://www.becil.com/)
  • Consultancy services in the field of Acoustics, Audio, Video, MMDS, Digital Satellite Contribution links, etc.;
  • Providing turn key jobs such as design / installation of Sound Reinforcement System, Audio Announcement Management System for Airports, integration and supply of Satellite Receiving Terminal, design and installation of Video Compression System for satellite uplink in India as well as abroad.
As part of the mandate, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is to complete switch over to digital mode of transmission in the cable sector in India.