July 2019


On 31 May 2019, Prakash Javadekar was appointed Minister of Information & Broadcasting in the new NDA government. Javadekar is also part of the union cabinet & minister in the Environment, Forest and Climate Change ministry.

Javadekar was environment minister in the previous NDA government.


From 2014-19, there were 5 I&B ministers! This was probably a record for shuffles within a single, i m p o r t a n t ministry.

On 26 May 2014, Javadekar was appointed as the I&B minister when the Modi 1.0 government was sworn in. On 9 November 2014, Arun Jaitley (then Finance minister) was given I&B as additional charge.

Thereafter, M Venkaiah Naidu (July 2016), Smriti Irani (July 2017) and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (May 2018) were appointed I&B ministers.

It is hoped that the I&B ministry will see a more stable head at the helm, providing a consistent long- term vision.

5 I&B Ministers Were Changed 2014-19


In a surprise to industry watchers, Former I&B minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has been completely dropped from the new government. He had also held the sports & youth affairs portfolio in the previous NDA government.


On taking charge, Prakash Javadekar asserted that press freedom is "sacrosanct." "

In a democracy, freedom of the press is crucial and we recognize that. I trust the press to recognize that every freedom comes with responsibility. They have always worked with a sense of responsibility and will continue to, I believe. Which in turn, will strengthen democracy," Javadekar said.

The earlier NDA government had seen stand-offs with the media and entertainment industry - High GST rates imposed on movie tickets & the ministry's order to curtail fake news by suspending the accreditation of journalists (The order was withdrawn after the PM's intervention.)

Javadekar is known as a consensus builder. He met senior I&B officials and Heads of Media Units under the Ministry & urged all to work as a team.

  • National Broadcast Policy
  • Clarity On Cross Media Restrictions
  • State Govts Not Allowed Broadcasting
  • Amendment Of The Sports Act
  • Autonomous Prasar Bharati
  • Stable Regulations & Policies
  • Equitable OTT Regulations
  • Facilitate CATV & Broadband Entrepreneurs To Spur Employment
  • Clear 2 Year MSO License Backlog
  • New DTH & Uplink Licensing
  • Reduce GST
  • Only GST, No Local Body Entertainment Taxes (LBET)

Table -1: Industry Wishlist For The I&B Minister


After flagging off 17 state-of-the-art High-Definition (HD) Digital Service News Gathering (DSNG) vans at Doordarshan Bhawan in New Delhi, Javadekar said the new government will retain Prasar Bharati's autonomy.


During the past Modi term, the I&B ministry has been accused of in-action on various fronts. Complaints have ranged from micro-regulation and excessive interference by TRAI, disregard of LCO entrepreneurs, no encouragement for employment creation & indirectly favouring large industry houses entering the business.

Javadekar has a difficult terrain ahead.

Table-1 provides a partial industry wish list. n