Year-end review: MIB lists out key initiatives in 2017

Year-end review: MIB lists out key initiatives in 2017


MUMBAI: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has listed out the key initiatives it undertook in the broadcasting, film and information sector in 2017.

Broadcasting sector

The broadcasting sector witnessed a plethora of initiatives including shutting down of the analogue signals in Phase III Urban Areas after 31 January. The ministry had also issued an order authorising officers under Sec 11 of the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act to seize the equipment of the MSOs/Cable Operators if they continue to carry analogue signals in Phase III urban areas.

MIB also organised Digital Radio Round Table Conference wherein it was stated that digital radio technology would provide listeners with significantly improved audio quality and service reliability at an affordable price. All India Radio had already completed the technical installation and upgradation of 37 powerful transmitters in the first phase of Digitisation of Radio Broadcast. It also organised Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture 2017.

The ministry also released 14 short films produced by Doordarshan on success stories of various Flagship schemes of the Government which had positively impacted people’s lives and had brought a transformational change in the country.

A separate 24×7 DD Channel for Jharkhand was also announced. DD Bihar will telecast DD Ranchi programs till the launch of the new channel. Two new Shortwave Solid State digital transmitters of 100 KW to broadcast across the border for Afghanistan- Pakistan region were also announced. A new website of DD News was launched.

Film sector

In the film sector, the ministry organised several film festival including Indian Panorama Film Festival in Delhi. The festival opened with the Documentary film “Ima Sabitri” directed by Bobo Khuraijam and Hindi feature film “Pinky Beauty Parlour” directed by Akshay Singh. It also screened five iconic films in which Shri Om Puri has acted to commemorate him.

Fragrances from the North East organised at National Film Archives of India was organized by the ministry in Pune. The ministry sponsored 10 filmmakers from the North East for the first time to attend the IFFI in Goa.

A Bhojpuri Film Festival organised in Delhi. The festival included a National Award winning film “Kab Hoi Gavana Hamaar” and screening of two films selected in Indian Panorama section of IFFI – Nitin Chandra’s Deswa, and Mangesh Joshi’s film “He”.

The 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), 2017 was organised in Goa. A Total of 196 Films from 82 Countries, over 64 India Premieres of International films, 3 World Premieres, over 28 Oscar submissions were screened, for the first-time ever Retrospective of James Bond film screened. A special section of Restored Classics, a special Focus on Canada curated by the Toronto International Film Festival showcased. A Retrospective of Lifetime Achievement Award given to Atom Egoyan, Indian Film Personality of the Year was awarded to Shri Amitabh Bachchan.

The ministry also said that the Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short, and Animation Film (MIFF) 2018 got an overwhelming response, 792 films in fray for Golden & Silver Conch Awards. It will be inaugurated on 28 January 2018 at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai.

Through the medium of film festival India & Ukraine strengthen bilateral cooperation by utilizing the Film Facilitation Office platform established by India.

It also launched Film Condition Assessment Project under National Film Heritage Mission. This project for film preservation will make rich film heritage available for the future generations to come. The condition of about 1,32,000 film reels at NFAI would be assessed and each film reel will be tracked and monitored through RFID tagging, during the first phase.

MoU was signed between FTII and Canon to promote short courses in Film & Television under which Canon will support skill-oriented courses as Technology Partner. These short courses will be held in collaboration with State Governments, Universities and Educational institutions.

A new category of visa for foreign filmmakers was created to ease issues related to their entry into the country. Both the Film Visa and the Film Facilitation Office (FFO) have been aimed to promote India as an attractive filming destination to the world. The 64th National Film Awards was organised in Delhi. Kassav was awarded the Best Feature Film while Sathamanam Bhavathi was awarded the Best Popular Film providing Wholesome Entertainment.

Akshay Kumar was given the Best Actor award for the film Rustom while the Best Actress award went to Surabhi for the Malayalam movie Minnaminungu-The Firefly. Rajesh Mapuskar was given the Best Direction Award for Marathi movie Ventilator.

Renowned Film Director & Actor Shri Kasinadhuni Viswanath was conferred with Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2016.

Information sector

In the Information Sector, a MoU was signed between Publications Division and Sasta Sahitya Mandal for Joint Publication of books, to sensitise the young generation about India’s rich and diverse culture and history. It would promote the availability of good literature for the people on diverse topics.

An agreement on “Cooperation in the field of Information, Communication and Media” between India and Ethiopia. The Agreement will encourage cooperation between mass media tools such as radio, print media, TV, social media etc. to provide more opportunities to the people of both the nations and create public accountability.

360-degree Multimedia Campaigns such as International Yoga Day, Swachh Bharat, Make in India, Skill India, Digital India, Rashtriya Ekta Diwas were launched by the Government. It entailed Multimedia Exhibitions, social media campaigns using Infographics, animations, graphic plates, short videos, live streaming of events /conferences etc.

6th National Photography Awards was organized by MIB. Shri Raghu Rai conferred Lifetime Achievement Award. Professional Photographer of the year award to Shri K.K. Mustafah and Amateur Photographer of the year award to Shri Ravinder Kumar.

Three Heritage Books on the occasion of Centenary Celebrations of Champaran Satyagraha was also released. Set of books titled ‘Swachh Jungle ki Kahani – Dadi ki Zubani’ Books was published in 15 Indian languages by Publications Division to enable development of cleanliness habit amongst children released. “Saath Hai Vishwaas Hai, Ho Raha Vikas Hai” Exhibition was organised and was put up across state capitals for a duration of 5-7 days showcasing the achievements of the Government
in the last 3 years in various sectors.

100 Volumes of Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi were released which featured Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi’(CWMG). It is a monumental document of Gandhiji’s thoughts which he spoke and wrote from 1884, when Mahatma was a 15-year-old boy, till his assassination on January 30, 1948.

Special Web page on Goods and Services Tax (GST) was created on PIB Website. It is a one-stop platform for all information on the new tax regime. RNI Annual Report – Press in India, an Important Index of Print Media was released. The report gave a comprehensive analysis of the contours of the growth for the industry especially the growth amongst regional language publications.