Senior IAS officer Rajiv Kumar has been appointed as the Establishment Officer and Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Personnel as part of a senior level bureaucratic reshuffle effected by the government on Monday.
A row erupted on Tuesday over a Republic Day advertisement issued by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry which carried a picture of the Preamble to the Constitution as it appeared before the 42nd Amendment, without the words 'secular' and 'socialist'.
Censorship of information in the present age is "an impossibility", Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday but observed that aberrations like 'paid news' are likely to creep in when news organisations do not have "realistic" financial models.
In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's focus on disseminating information through new media, Information and Broadcasting Ministry is planning to use 'WhatsApp' and also integrate other social media platforms to hold 'talkathons'.
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is planning to work towards establishing a Communications University which would function as an umbrella body that will deal with education in sectors related to media, films and animation.
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has in the last three years issued warnings to two TV channels and issued advisories on at least four occasions regarding programmes that promote superstition and blind belief.
To make faster the process under which permissions are given to run TV channels, Information and Broadcasting ministry has decided not to seek fresh security clearance for companies which have been cleared by the Home ministry and are applying for an additional channel.
The I&B ministry is mulling making security clearance mandatory for candidates before appointment as Prasar Bharati board members in the backdrop of sexual assault charges against Tarun Tejpal, who had been selected for the post.
Some MPs want it banned. The information and broadcasting ministry has threatened to shut down the host channel for use of obscene language on the show. The Delhi High Court has been petitioned to stop the telecast.