Manish Tewari is new I&B minister

29 Oct,2012

By A Correspondent

 

Manish Tewari

It’s a well-deserved reward for a loyal Congress soldier. Lok Sabha member from Punjab, 45-year-old Manish Tewari, was appointed minister to head the vital Information and Broadcasting Ministry yesterday. Although ranked Minister of State, Mr Tewari gets independent charge.

He still needs to get the handover notes from predecessor and senior party colleague Ambika Soni, but he’s got some quick decisions to take on the digitization issue. Although his first response to the waiting media was that he would speak to all stakeholders as well as with Ms Soni, unless the High Court in Mumbai intervenes, he will need to take some quick decisions.

On the issue of curbs, Mr Tewari said “self-regulation is the best regulation”.

The relationship of the UPA-2 government and the media has been rocky with the government at the receiving end for its conduct. There have also been charges against the media for crossing its line and last week, Congress MP Naveen Jindal went public with allegations against editors of Zee News.

Earlier, Ms Soni resigned as the I&B minister in order to work for the party in the run-up to the 2014 general elections. While it’s not an uncommon practice for senior ministers to quit to mobilize the party machinery ahead of a general election, the decision was untimely as it came less than a week from when the most critical and gamechanging action of the government for the broadcast sector was to happen on November 1.

See:

Manish Tewari Lok Sabha member profile: http://mib.nic.in/ShowContentOne.aspx?id=1&Section=7

Manish Tewari profile: http://manishtewari.info/Work_Profile.html

 

Photograph: I&B ministry website

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  1. archana says:

    bollywood superstar shri shahrukhan is the king papa of national mass media. please announce the queen mother of national mass media.jaihind.

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