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MIB moved to Arun Jaitley; Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is MoS

Now that MIB has got both a Cabinet Minister and a Minister of State after a long time, the industry is hopeful that implementation of crucial policies would move faster

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | November 10, 2014

(L-R) Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Arun Jaitley, Prakash Javdekar and Bimal Julka (L-R) Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Arun Jaitley, Prakash Javdekar and Bimal Julka

At a time when the Broadcast industry is struggling to ensure a smooth transition to digitisation and Radio industry is ready to migrate to Phase III, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has changed hands once again in just five months. I&B, which was under independent charge of Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, has now been moved to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, with Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore as Minister of State.

Both the ministers assumed their charges today. Interacting with the media, Jaitley said, "The paradigms of information has expanded with the steady growth of electronic, print and digital media in the country. The information scenario has changed drastically since the days when the only sources of information were Doordarshan and Prasar Bharati. Currently, the media landscape has seen unprecedented growth within the radio and new media streams."

In his interaction with the media, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, said "He would strive to fulfil the responsibilities given to him."

Now that MIB has got both a Cabinet Minister and a Minister of State after a long time, the industry is hopeful that implementation of crucial policies would move faster.

Given Jaitley’s primacy in the Modi Cabinet as he handles the crucial Finance portfolio, MIB is set to take second priority for him. So Rathore, a first time MP, is expected to play an active role in leading MIB while reporting to Jaitley for complex issues. The industry hopes the Col. Rathore, one of India’s best-known shooters and an ex-Army officer, will push the agenda proactively.

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