Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Shri Prakash Javadekar has said that the Government has always promoted the Media & Entertainment fraternity as partners in growth and would remain a facilitator to encourage the growth of the industry and provide a roadmap in the interests of the people. The Minister stated this while addressing the “CEOs Roundtable on Media & Entertainment” by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here today.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Javadekar promised for a stable policy regime with transparency and time-bound mechanism. He said that the efforts would be streamlined so as to make the process of clearances speedy and transparent. Reacting to the suggestions from all the stakeholders, Shri Javadekar said the policies of this Government would be people-centric and would aim at meeting the aspirations of the common citizens. He further added that providing information, entertainment and knowledge to the citizens would be the priority of the Ministry. Innovative approaches would be encouraged so as to ensure quality information. The Minister also emphasized on the need for expanding the reach of Community Radio and aimed at opening up of 1000 Community Radio Stations in near future.
Referring to the vision of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of ‘Speed, Skill and Scale’, the Minister urged the Media Industry to strive to attain new heights. Shri Javadekar praised the new-age technology and described how the Social Media platforms had changed the dimensions of News Reporting. While recognizing the importance of the Freedom of Speech and Expression he emphasized on the need for responsible journalism. Shri Javadekar assured the stakeholders that their suggestions on various policy issues would be looked into in a time-bound manner.
Earlier speaking on the occasion, I&B Secretary Shri Bimal Julka assured Media that the Ministry would work as a facilitator for the industry and would work towards single-window clearances for better transparency and accountability.