Manish Tewari, who took over as the Information and Broadcasting Minister on Monday, said his Ministry’s job was not to regulate the media, but to ensure a level-playing field for everyone and highlight the government policies.
Asked about reports that some party leaders were not happy with the Cabinet reshuffle, he said, “The contours of the reshuffle are something that fall squarely within the remit of the Congress president and the Prime Minister.”
Mr Tewari, who until Saturday was the official Congress spokesperson, refrained from taking on India Against Corruption member Arvind Kejriwal who had said the corrupt had been rewarded in the reshuffle. “In so far as the gentleman in question that you referred to, I do not want to start my first day in office on a very adversarial note, but I think it will suffice to say my view on this particular subject and the approach that they adopt is very well known to all of you,” he said.
Asked about the possibility of a shake-up within the party, he said a call on that would be taken by Ms. Gandhi.
On digitisation of the cable television sector over which Information and Broadcasting Ministry had launched a hi-pitched campaign, he said he was in the process of getting a feedback.
Mr. Tewari said he was aware of the seriousness of the problem of paid news. “But this is a kind of problem on which it is important that a consensus is build. It has been our belief since the beginning that progress on such sensitive issues can only happen if a consensus is build and an agenda is created. So, the effort will be to reach a conclusion after talking to all and then move ahead.”’