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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (सूचना एवं प्रसारण मंत्रालय)

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is a branch of the Government of India. Headed by Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Information and Broadcasting.

 The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is a branch of the Government of India. The vision of this ministry is to create an enabling environment for sustained growth of media and entertainment sector, facilitate value based wholesome entertainment and effectively disseminate information on government policies, programs and achievements. 
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is the apex body of Government of India for formulation and administration of the rules and regulations and laws relating to information, broadcasting, the press and films in India. Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, is a Cabinet minister and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting. N. K. Sinha, is a Information and Broadcasting Secretary. 
The important functionary under this ministry is  administration of Prasar Bharati which is the broadcasting arm of the Indian Government. Ministry is also responsible for the regulation of motion pictures broadcast in India, under Central Board of Film certification. Other Main Functions of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is:
* Production and release of advertisements on behalf of the Government of India.
* 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 Government informed of the main trends of public opinion as reflected in the Press and liaison between Government and the Press.
* Publicity to and for the Armed Forces.
* General conduct of Government relations with the Press excluding the administration of sections 95 and 96 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974).
* Administration of the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867 (25 of 1867) relating to Newspapers.
* Administration of the Press Council Act, 1978 (37 of 1978).
* Allocation of Newsprint to Newspapers.
* 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 to the general public at home and abroad upto date and correct information about India.
* To assist the Media Units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in collection, compilation and preparation of material involving research into published works, etc.
* Legislation under entry 60 of the Union List, viz., ‘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.
* Organisation of Film Festivals under Cultural Exchange Programmes.
* 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 a high dignitary.
* The enunciation and implementation of the law relating to radio and television broadcasting in India by private Indian companies or Indian nationals.
* Broadcast Monitoring and Administration of the Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Act, 1990 (25 of 1990).
* Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 (7 of 1995).
* All business connected with All India Radio embracing news services in the home programmes, programmes for the foreign countries and Indians overseas, radio journals, research in the field of broadcasting engineering, monitoring of foreign broadcasts, programme exchange and transcription services, supply of community receiving sets to State Governments under the community listening scheme, etc.
* Development of radio broadcasting throughout the Union, installation and maintenance of Radio Stations and Transmitters and operation of broadcasting services.
* Exchange including cultural exchange of television programmes.
* Development of television throughout the Union, including installation, maintenance and operation of television Programme Production Centres and Transmitters, and operation of television services.
* Promotion of production of television programmes outside Doordarshan.
* Publicity for the policies and programmes of Government of India.
* Administration of Journalists Welfare Fund.
* Financial assistance to distinguished musicians, both vocal and instrumental, dancers and dramatists who have contributed substantially to the success of All India Radio and other units of the Ministry or their survivors in indigent circumstances.
* All matters relating to the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the Non-Aligned News Agency Pool.
* Cadre management of the Indian Information Service (Groups ‘A’ & ‘B’).
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