Source: News Bharati English26 Oct 2016 16:13:33

New Delhi, October 26: Addressing the CII Big Picture Summit in New Delhi, Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore said “Government supports freedom of expression and is committed for its encouragement. Any restrictions imposed should be in line with the Constitution.”

Though he informed that centre has lined up plans to revise the film certification process so that the use of scissors is limited as much as possible, later he added there will be restrictions as anything that "you can't speak off camera, you can't speak on the camera." He also said the government is planning a Centre of Excellence in animation and visual effects in Mumbai.

Rathore also mentioned the need to change rules since news innovations, disruptions in the media and entertainment sector are happening at a fast pace. Such changes can be done only after consultation, to ensure that there is an appropriate policy and no uncertain reaction.

He while speaking about the broadcasting sector said that there are a "mindboggling" 881 channels, including 349 in the news category, and more are coming up. Rathore said while there is a need to improve Prasar Bharati’s content and marketing, it is not fair to compare the public broadcaster with private channels.

Since channels compete for ratings, it is important that news should be just news and is not created, he added. The I&B ministry is soon going to bring in a new policy in order to help players in DTH sector prosper and spread covering larger audience.