Projecting India during 2010 games a priority: Ambika Soni (Lead)

June 1st, 2009 - 4:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Ambika Soni New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) Projecting India in an “incredible manner” during the Commonwealth Games in 2010 will be her top priority, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni said soon after taking charge Monday.
“We want to project India in Commonwealth Games in an incredible manner and that is our major priority,” Soni told IANS.

The minister said she would ensure wide coverage of the sporting event.

Soni, who was earlier minister of tourism and culture, said the government would partner with the media and representatives of all stakeholders to handle issues in as sensitive a manner as possible.

“We will try to bring a harmonious working relationship to the benefit and advantage of all,” she added.

Soni said she will focus on achieving consensus on content code for news broadcasters and looking into the demands of print as well as electronic media.

The minister said she will be sitting with her colleagues and senior officials to chalk out the programme for 100 days.

Hailing Meira Kumar’s selection for the post of Lok Sabha speaker, Soni said: “We are thankful to the Congress party, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA (United Progressive Alliance) chief Sonia Gandhi and all other allies as for the first time a constitutional post is going to a Dalit woman.”

“She (Meira Kumar) is an active politician and is the daughter of Jagjivan Ram (a social reformer and Dalit leader). This is the first time that a woman would be holding the post of speaker. We are sure she would play a very active and important role in raising the voice of the weaker section,” she added.

She said that although the women’s reservation bill has not been cleared, the Congress has always pitched for women.

“Our president is a woman and the UPA chairperson is a woman. Now, there are many women in the parliament,” she said.

Soni was flanked by her junior ministers Choudhury Mohan Jatua of the Trinamool Congress and S. Jagathrakshakan of the DMK. While Jatua had taken charge Saturday, Jagathrakshakan took charge as minister of state for information and broadcasting Monday.

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