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Arun Jaitley’s first address to the media after taking charge as I&B min

MUMBAI: Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley, who assumed charge as Minister for Information & Broadcasting (MIB), said that the paradigms of information had expanded with the steady growth of electronic, print and digital media in the country.

This is Jaitley’s second innings at the MIB as he had served the ministry before during the last NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Jaitley was minister of state (independent charge) of the MIB from 13 October 1999 to 30 September 2000.

Arun_Jaitley01“I have been in this ministry before. There was more print media than electronic media. Today, there has been a lot of growth of radio and digital mediums,” Jaitley told reporters after taking charge.

He also said that the information scenario had changed drastically since the days when the only sources of information were Doordarshan and Prasar Bharati. Currently, the media landscape had seen unprecedented growth within the radio and new-media streams.

“There was a time when the major work of this ministry was Doordarshan and All India Radio. It is still a major area, but the ministry has now to look at a changed information process scenario,” he said.

In his interaction with the media, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who also assumed charge today, said that he would strive to fulfil the responsibilities given to him.

“I think one of the most important things for this government after it came was to take immediate and important steps to put the economy and national prestige and security on track. And perhaps you get the impression that the communication was a little stifled. However, that is not the intention at all.

“With Arunji here and with myself as MoS, we’ll make all efforts to be available to you and all sorts of two-way communication, as you refer, will be there,” he said.