Ministry of Information and Broadcasting launches New Portals

The Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur launched four new portals that promise to revolutionize the media landscape in India.

Press Sewa Portal

The Press Sewa Portal, developed under the Press and Registration of Periodicals Act, 2023 (PRP Act, 2023) by the Press Registrar General of India, is a big step towards complete automation of the process for newspaper registration and other related processes.

Key features
  • Online Application for title registration online, using Aadhar-based e-signatures.
  • Probability Meter to indicate the likelihood of title availability.
  • Real-time Tracking of applications status
  • Dedicated DM Module: Enables District Magistrates to manage applications received from publishers in a centralized dashboard.
  • New Website: Along with the portal, the website offers easy access to relevant information, featuring an AI-based chatbot for user-friendly interactions.

Transparent Empanelment Media Planning and e-Billing System

The system for Central Bureau of Communication is designed to enhance transparency and efficiency in media planning processes, and provide an end-to-end ERP solution for the media industry for doing business in a paperless and faceless environment.

Key features
  • Streamlined Empanelment Process of newspaper, periodicals, TV, Radio and digital media.
  • Automated Media Planning using enhanced tools and features.
  • Automated Billing for seamless and transparent bill submission, verification, and payment.
  • Mobile App for partners with tamper proof timestamp and geo tagging functionality.
  • Promoting Ease of Doing Business due to faster empanelment, automated compliance and swifter payment.
  • Dedicated IVR Helpdesk for Quick Issue Resolution services for clients and partners.

NaViGate Bharat Portal

The ‘NaViGate Bharat’ portal i.e., the National Video Gateway of Bharat, developed by the New Media Wing of the Ministry, is a unified bilingual platform which hosts videos on the entire gamut of Government’s development-related and citizen welfare-oriented measures.

It has an interactive user interface to search, stream, share, and download videos related to various Government schemes, initiatives, and campaigns, with filter-based advanced search option.

 Key Features
  • Dedicated Pages for Ministries, Sectors, Schemes, Campaigns
  • Easy Navigation & Search
  • Categorization and tagging to search for videos by topic/keyword
  • Seamless Video Playback and Streaming
  • Download and Sharing Options
  •  Advanced Search Functionality using filters

National Register for LCOs

National Register for Local Cable Operators (LCOs) is the first step to bring registration of LCOs currently with Post Offices spread across the country under a Centralised Registration System.

The National Register for LCOs has also been published online and is being updated regularly.

Central Bureau of Communication (CBC)

CBC is a vital unit within the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, established in 2017, through the amalgamation of the erstwhile Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP), Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP), and Song & Drama Division (S&DD).

CBC provides comprehensive communication solutions to Ministries, Departments, PSUs, and autonomous bodies of Government of India, through various media verticals.


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