The new Minister Rathore said that a separate committee under IT ministry will continue deliberating on issues related online media and digital broadcast.
A notification to this effect was issued on 19 July.
As per notification, a committee convened by secretary of IT ministry, with I&B secretary and DoT secretary and national cyber security coordinator as members, was constituted earlier this year and has similar terms of reference.
The committee will now carry forward discussions with various stakeholders to create the right infrastructure and requirement for IT platforms. Hence the nine-member committee set up by I&B ministry will now cease to exist.
Irani’s committee’s mandate was to delineate the sphere of online information dissemination, on the lines of the electronic and print media. It had to set up a regulatory framework for online media/news portals and online content platforms, including digital broadcasting, which encompasses entertainment/infotainment and media aggregators.