Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I&B Minister inaugurates BES Expo 2013

Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Shri Manish Tewari has said with
the exponential growth in the media space, a paradigm shift has taken place
wherein regulations have to keep pace with changing technologies. An
enabling statutory environment has to be in place to keep pace with changes
taking place across platforms. The changing landscape of the Media and
entertainment industry had enabled it to become one of the fastest growing
sectors of our economy. This had been facilitated by policies that have
encouraged investments, sustainability for business models and promoted
entrepreneurship and innovation. It was imperative that the industry
specially the Broadcasting sector had learnt to adopt, adapt and innovate
with the changes taking place. Shri Tewari stated this while delivering his
address at the BES Expo 2013 here today.

The Minister further stated that the renewed thrust by the industry has
reinforced the concept of inclusive growth. "Inclusive Growth" is an act of
faith - It was a developmental model that addressed the concerns of each
stakeholder and recipient by the effective placement of social development
programmes and policies. On the issue of democratization of media, Shri
Tewari stated that it was important to understand the implications of this
process on the social ethos of the country and the people at large.

Shri Manish Tewari further mentioned that due to the paradigm shift taking
place, Broadcasting shall always remain a dynamic medium of communication.
The guiding principles for this sector will always be innovation, ingenuity
and the vision to converge technologies. Conferences such as BES Expo 2013
provided an opportunity to introspect and bring about changes at the policy
level keeping in mind the roadmap and requirements of the future.

Earlier addressing the delegates, Shri Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime
Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations said
technology had brought about a major change in the lives of the people.The
shift was also visible in the way the broadcasting sector was functioning.
The challenge lay in imbibing the innovations in the critical sectors which
would determine the course in the future. During the course of his address
, Shri Pitroda gave an overview of the initiatives undertaken by the
government to strengthen the national knowledge network and public
infrastructure system. In the course of his address, Secretary I&B, Shri
Uday Kumar Varma highlighted the changes that had taken place in the sector
in view of the policy initiatives undertaken recently and the immediate
concerns that had to be addressed by the industry at large.


Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
29-January-2013 17:28 IST
[Via Alokesh Gupta, DX India YG]