The Minister of Information and Broadcasting Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, today launched four transformatory portals that promise to revolutionize the media landscape in India. These initiative is aimed at ensuring ease of doing business by fostering a more conducive business environment for Newspaper publishers and TV channels, enhance transparency and efficiency in government communication, provide easy access to authentic Government videos and create a comprehensive database of Local Cable Operators (LCOs) enabling the Government to streamline regulatory processes in the cable television sector in future.
Addressing the audience present on the occasion, the Minister remarked that Today, India is viewed as an attractive destination for investment, with global companies eager to establish businesses there. He recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on transformative governance and economic reforms has greatly improved the ease of doing business in India and added that This has led to increased investment from both existing businesses and new entrepreneurs. The startup ecosystem, in particular, has flourished, with a significant increase in the number of startups and unicorns, he stated.
Elaborating on recognition of Government’s achievements towards improving ease of doing business, Shri Thakur said that these have been recognized globally, as evidenced by its improved rankings in international indices like the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index and the Logistic Performance Index.
He further said that the success of platforms like the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) reflect the government’s efforts to create a level playing field for MSMEs and small businesses. He added that Prime Minister Modi’s leadership has not only focused on economic reforms but also on fostering a mindset transformation, recognizing entrepreneurs as partners in national development. This approach has led to increased wealth creation, job opportunities, and higher incomes, benefiting the country’s overall welfare and development.
Earlier, Secretary, Ministry of I&B. Shri Sanjay Jaju during his remarks said that these initiatives will help us streamline and increase our engagement with the media. These will foster not just transparency and innovation and help improve the functioning of the departments.
The Press Sewa Portal, developed under the Press and Registration of Periodicals Act, 2023 (PRP Act, 2023) by the Press Registrar General of India (PRGI – erstwhile RNI), is a monumental step towards complete automation of the process for newspaper registration and other related processes. This portal, designed under the PRP Act 2023, aims to simplify the cumbersome registration procedures that were prevalent under the colonial PRB Act, 1867.
The Government of India calendar 2024, with the subject “Hamara Sankalp Viksit Bharat,” was released today by Union Minister Shri Anurag Singh Thakur. The calendar 2024 illustrates the social, cultural, and economic transformation brought about in the lives of Indians through the creation of people-friendly policies and the implementation of projects and initiatives under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visionary leadership. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister highlighted the government’s significant accomplishments, photos of which cover the pages of the calendar.
According to the Minister, India has made significant progress toward achieving Atmanirbhar. A country that was once the world’s second largest importer of mobile phones is now the world’s second largest maker. Under Vaccine Maitri, a country that used to import vaccines is now distributing vaccines to the entire world. India is now a manufacturing behemoth. He went on to say that even in areas where India did not previously have a footprint, India is now a force to be reckoned with, citing India as the third largest startup ecosystem as an example.
Shri Thakur stated that the government prioritizes women’s empowerment, as evidenced by the Ujjwala Yojana on the one hand and Drone Didi on the other. On the subject of farmer welfare, Shri Thakur stated that the Swaminathan Committee report was implemented by the current government. Furthermore, the government has spent 2.8 lakh crore for farmer prosperity so far, he said.
Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Wednesday published the official calendar of the Union government for 2023, saying it will not merely display the Narendra Modi dispensation’s achievements and its future commitments but also act as “a reminder of our duties”.
The Government of India calendar 2023, with the theme “Naya Varsh, Naye Sankalp,” will be distributed throughout all government offices and panchayati raj institutions in the nation. The minister of information and broadcasting noted that the calendar has “an impressive collection” of 12 images for each of the 12 months that show “a dynamically growing India.”
On dated 09.05.2022 on the occasion of Birth Ceremony of Guru Rabindranath, The departmental artists of S&DD division of CBC performed various works of Guru Rabindranath Tagore through songs and dance forms.
All these programmes were performed in the presence of Pr. DG, ADG (Admn.), JD (Programme) and other employees.
ROs/FOs have celebrated the 39th day of the 75-day countdown to International Day of Yoga, 2022 on 13th May 2022 and organized 57 Integrated Communication & Outreach Programmes (ICOPs), 02 Exhibitions, 06 Webinars, 47 Yoga Sessions and 29 field programmes on the theme.
The ICOPs and Yoga demonstrations with different Asanas were organized by ROs in the school/colleges, Community Centres and other prominent places under their jurisdiction in coordination with Yog Sansthan, Local Yoga Guru/instructor, other prominent personalities and Local Administration etc.
ROs/FOs also organized Poster/Painting/Essay Writing competitions, Rangoli, Quiz, and Seminars to promote yoga in daily life and create awareness among the public about the importance of “Yoga in Daily Life” to maintain physical/ mental health.
The award was given to Shri Satyendra Prakash, by the Commission on the occasion of National Voters Day 2022 in presence of Guest of honour, Shri Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of Law and Justice, Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sushil Chandra and other senior dignitaries in the National Award function Ceremony at Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi.
The award has been given for his contribution in educating and creating awareness for enhancing the people’s participation in casting vote during present challenging time of COVID-19. Post COVID-19 when direct interaction with the masses is a challenge, his contribution in devising new techniques to reach the people is very significant. It is to be noted that such efforts have led to increase in percentage of voter’s participation to 67.47% in 2019 which was 58.19 % in the year 2009.
Under the leadership of Shri Prakash, CBC with its 23 Regional Outreach Bureaus (ROs) and 148 Field Outreach Bureaus (FOBs) are using new techniques viz. messaging through WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter Tweets/Re-tweets, SMS, Telephonic Calls and organizing webinars. These social media platforms have been used as significant tools for reaching the people. Awareness activities by audio announcement using the Branded Mobile Vans are also used as a major tool for reaching the people in present situation.
Various Voter awareness / Education programmes as part of the SVEEP activities have been carried out through Cultural programmes, Digital Exhibitions, Photo exhibitions, Door to Door campaigns, Magic shows, Nukkad Nataks, Demonstrations, Rallies etc. While organizing such campaigns CBC identifies mainly the low voter turnout areas and make the outreach activities more focused in such areas to disseminate the message of ‘No Voter to Be Left Behind’ of uphold Hon’ble Central Election Commission’s and thereby strengthening the democratic process of the nation.
Shri Satyendra Prakash was earlier awarded with the ‘Rajat Kamal’ for the Best Documentary Film Producer at the National Film Awards 2018. 6 films produced by him when he was Director General of Films Division of India were awarded with Rajat Kamal. He was also honoured with the Swachh Bharat Award in the year 2019 and 2020 for his exemplary work in Swachh Bharat Mission.
‘Iconic Week’- was the week-long celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting . The celebrations which began on 23rd August 2021 and concluded on 27th August 2021 saw an enthusiastic participation by all Media Units of the Ministry.
The most notable feature of the week was the inauguration of e-Photo exhibition “Making of the Constitution” and virtual poster exhibition “Chitranjali@75” by Union Minister Shri Anurag Singh Thakur along with Union Ministers Shri G. Kishan Reddy, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Dr. L. Murugan and Smt Meenakshi Lekhi.
For more details about Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav: https://amritmahotsav.nic.in/