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JAIDEEP BHATNAGAR APPOINTED AS PRINCIPAL DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU (PIB)

JAIDEEP BHATNAGAR APPOINTED AS PRINCIPAL DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU (PIB)

Context

Jaideep Bhatnagar has been appointed as the new Principal Director General of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) and will take over the responsibility from Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia, who superannuated on February 28, 2021.

Details

  • PIB functions under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
  • PIB functions as the nodal agency for media relations and communication for the Central Government.
  • The Press Information Bureau was established in June 1919 as a small cell under Home Ministry under the British government. Its main task was to prepare a report on India to be placed before the British Parliament. It was then located in Shimla.
  • The first head of the publicity cell was Dr. L.F. Rushbrook Williams of Allahabad University who was designated as Officer on Special Duty. Prof. Williams had earlier worked with Sir Stanley Reed on the Central Publicity Board.
  • In 1941, J. Natrajan became the first Indian to be head the Bureau as Principal Information Officer.
  • The organisation's name was changed to the Press Information Bureau in 1946.
  • The Bureau issues press releases, features, photographs, infographics and videos for giving information to electronic, print and web media on the following matters:
    • Government Planning
    • Government Policies
    • Programme Initiatives
    • Achievements of the Government
  • The Bureau has a Press Facilitation unit for press accreditation and facilitation during press conferences and events that are open for the media.

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