Singapore/New Delhi, Nov 27 : If returned to power in 2014, the Congress would ensure that India becomes a middle-income country and no longer remains a low-income one, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari said Wednesday.
Tewari was delivering the Fullerton Lecture at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in Singapore when he said: "The obvious question that begs an answer is what must be the policy priorities of a Congress or UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government in 2014, if people do give us that opportunity".
New Delhi, Nov 7 : The government would accept a film proposal on the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and make necessary contribution to it, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said here Thursday.
The statement comes in the wake of concerns in the Congress about the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) making efforts to appropriate the legacy of the noted freedom fighter.
Answering queries from mediapersons here, Tewari said the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and the Films Division are responsible for promoting movies and documentaries that inspire people and document the country's history.
New Delhi, Oct 30 : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi can seek time to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said Wednesday.
Modi Tuesday said he was refused a meeting with the prime minister.
"Schedules of the prime minister are fixed much in advance and if somebody wants to score brownie points by asking time at the last minute, this is brinkmanship," Tewari told reporters.
Modi said the prime minister refused to give time to discuss crucial state-related issues during his visit to attend a function in Ahmedabad Tuesday.(IANS)
New Delhi, Oct 29 : The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has zero tolerance towards terrorism, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said Tuesday.
"Let there be absolutely no misconception on the question of terror, combating terror, dealing with radicalisation and ensuring that polarisation does not vitiate the atmosphere of this country. The UPA government has zero tolerance," Tewari told reporters here.
New Delhi, Sep 16 : India and China Monday agreed to boost cooperation in the media sector, which they said could act as a bridge for better bilateral cooperation by highlighting the positive aspects of their relationship.
During talks between Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari and a visiting Chinese delegation led by Cai Ming Zhao, the minister of state for Council Information Office, both sides agreed to initiate steps to include media cooperation as part of activities to observe 2014 as the year of Friendly Exchanges between the two countries.
New Delhi, Aug 19 : The fundamentals of the Indian economy are "completely sound" and the recent upheaval in the stock markets and slide in the rupee-value were due to the choppiness in the global economy, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said Monday.
"The foundation of our economy is completely safe and sound, and keeping that in mind whatever people do in the stock markets they should keep in mind," Tewari, who was earlier Congress spokesperson, told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.
"The fundamentals of our economy are strong and will continue to be strong," he added.
New Delhi, Aug 7 : Urging opposition parties to rise above politics, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari Wednesday asked them not to create a rift between Defence Minister A. K. Antony and the defence ministry over the killing of Indian soldiers by Pakistani intruders.
Five Indian soldiers were ambushed and killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch sector early Tuesday.
"It is unfortunate that a difference is being created between the defence minister and the defence ministry. I think the defence minister only tried to present the entire picture based upon inputs which he must have gathered," Tewari said.
New Delhi, Aug 2 : The cabinet has asked the law ministry to suggest ways to set up an authority to fix rail fares, a minister said Friday.
According to Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, the cabinet discussed the issue Thursday and asked the law ministry to suggest a road map.
He said there were two options before the government to set up such an authority -- through a legislative process or an executive order.
The consensus in the cabinet was on the executive order route.
Once the law ministry's recommendations come, it will go to the cabinet for consideration, said the minister.
New Delhi, July 25 : The 2014 general elections would take place as scheduled and there was no question of holding them earlier, Congress leader and union minister Manish Tewari said Thursday.
"There are still nine months to the elections.. it will be held as scheduled," Tewari, the union information and broadcasting minister, said here.
On a possible tie-up with the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), which has broken up with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA, Tewari smiled and said: "Let us see" but refused to elaborate.
New Delhi, July 25 : BJP MP Chandan Mitra's demand to strip Nobel laureate Amartya Sen of the Bharat Ratna for his anti-Narendra Modi remarks has irked the Congress which Thursday called it an insult of the highest civilian award and a reflection of fascist mentality.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said noted economist Sen, 79, had a right to express his views.
"What kind of mentality is this. Either you are with us or against us. If you are against us, you are not entitled to Bharat Ratna," he asked.
New Delhi, July 11 : India plans to set up a new regulator for the aviation sector -- the Civil Aviation Authority -- that will replace the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday gave “in-principle” approval to the civil aviation ministry's proposal to set up the new regulator.
Addressing the media after the cabinet meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said the government would introduce a bill in the upcoming monsoon session of parliament.
New Delhi, July 4 : As the opposition cornered the government over the the food security ordinance, union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari Thursday said only crocodile tears were being shed over parliamentary propriety.
The principal opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Left parties and several other parties have raised objections to the government's move to bring in an ordinance on the food security bill without facing parliament.
New Delhi, June 22 : The government Saturday denied that there was any lack of co-ordination between its agencies engaged in rescue and relief operations in Uttarakhand, while putting the death toll in the flood-ravaged state at 557.
Dismissing reports of lack of co-ordination between different agencies, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told media persons that there was "complete co-ordination" and "harmony" between the different agencies engaged in rescue and relief operations.
New Delhi, June 18 : The internal strife in the BJP is like a "civil war playing out on reality television", Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said Tuesday, in a dig at the national opposition party.
"What is happening in the BJP is their internal matter. It is a civil war situation playing out like reality television," said the minister when asked to comment on Bharatiya Janata Party strongman and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi going to meet party veteran L. K. Advani who has not shied from displaying his reservations against Modi's elevation in the party.
Mumbai, May 10 : Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari handed over the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema, Friday to Pran, 93, at his residence here.
The legend could not make it to the 60th National Film Awards ceremony held in the capital last week for health reasons.
"It's a great honour to present the honour to Pran saab. His contribution to the Indian cinema has been huge and the greatness of the award gets bigger after honouring Pran with Dadasaheb Phalke," Tewari told reporters at Pran's residence. The brief ceremony was telecast live.
New Delhi, May 7 : Slamming the opposition for not debating and letting the Food Security bill pass by repeatedly stalling parliament, the Congress said Tuesday that the opposition was making the poor suffer for its political gains.
"It's extremely sad and most unfortunate that the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) believes that hunger should be removed, food security should be ensured and it seems that certain sections of the opposition believe that it is not hunger but it is the hungry who should be removed," Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters outside parliament house.
New Delhi, April 11 : The Congress party Thursday said it was worried over violence in student politics and that it was the responsibility of all parties to ensure that political dialogue be carried out in a sober manner.
"We are worried... we should not go back to the days of violence in student politics," Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters here while referring to the attack on the Presidency University in Kolkata by members of Trinamool Congress' student wing, Chhatra Parishad.
New Delhi, April 2 : The Congress Tuesday said BJP leader Yashwant Sinha should not have commented on the 2G scam as he was a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probing it.
"There is a Joint Parliamentary Committee (on the 2G scam) in progress at this point. Since I was a member of this committee, I do not want to comment on its proceedings. Sinha is a member of the same committee. Whatever they (the BJP) want to articulate, it would be much more appropriate if they do so within the confines of that committee," Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told Times Now news channel.
New Delhi, Mar 7 : The Union cabinet on Thursday failed to arrive at a consensus on the way forward on anti-rape laws, but reiterated its commitment to introduce tough laws to combat crimes against women.
It maybe recalled that the Centre had constituted the Justice Verma Committee to recommend changes in the laws that deal with crimes against women in wake of nationwide protest against the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012.
New Delhi, Feb. 11 : Asserting that journalists are an integral part of the Indian democratic process, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Monday said the journalistic fraternity must be treated with due respect and regard.