Principal director general of PIB
Senior Indian Information Service (IIS) officer, Rajesh Malhotra has been appointed as the principal director general of the Press Information Bureau (PIB), according to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. He will be the principal spokesperson of the government of India. He will replace Satyendra Prakash, who took charge as principal DG of PIB in August 2022.
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About the Rajesh Malhotra
Malhotra, a 1989 batch officer, had been working in Ministry of Finance since January 2018. “During the critical Covid-19 pandemic, he effectively steered the media and communication policy in the Ministry of Finance in sync with the various AatmaNirbhar Bharat Packages announced by the government over time to give relief to people and maintain economic balance,”.
Malhotra has over 32 years of operational experience in planning and implementation of media and communication strategies for the Election Commission of India and various central government ministries/ departments including finance, company affairs, agriculture, power, coal, mines, communications and IT, textiles, labour, new & renewable energy. He was associated with Election Commission of India as in-charge of media & communication for 21 years till 2017.
Evolution of PIB
IB’s origin can be traced back to the pre-independence days. It was in June, 1919 that a small cell was created in the Home Department. It was rechristened the Central Bureau of Information under a full-fledged Director. In 1923, it came to be known as the Bureau of Public Information. A study undertaken in 1936 led to the reorganisation of the Bureau into a modern publicity organisation. The designation of the head of the organisation was subsequently changed to Principal Information Officer in 1938. In 1941, the Bureau was placed under the Department of Information and Broadcasting. Press Information Bureau acquired its present name in 1946, and became a department of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting after 1947.
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