Senior Indian Information Service officer, Satyendra Prakash has been appointed as the Principal Director General of the Press Information Bureau (PIB). A 1988 batch Indian Information Service (IIS) officer, Prakash, the Principal Director General of the Central Bureau of Communication, will succeed Jaideep Bhatnagar, who superannuated.
In a career spanning over three decades, Prakash has served in various capacities in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, including as Additional Director General, News & Current Affairs in Doordarshan, and Director (Media), Ministry of Communications & IT and Ministry of Civil Aviation in the Press Information Bureau.
Manish Desai, Director General of the West zone of the PIB, will succeed Satyendra Prakash in the Central Bureau of Communication. A 1989 batch IIS officer, Desai has worked in various media units of the Ministry of I&B, like DAVP, AIR News, Prasar Bharati, and the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.
Important Takeaways For All Competitive Exams:
- The Press Information Bureau was established in June 1919.
- In 1941, J. Natrajan became the first Indian to be head the Bureau as Principal Information Officer.
- The organisation’s name was changed to the Press Information Bureau in 1946. The Bureau has been reconstituted many times since the independence of India in 1947.