Center Splits Communication Ministry; Creates New IT Ministry

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jul 21, 2016

Electronics and Information Technology

Following the Prime Minister’s reshuffling of his Council of Ministers earlier this month, the Center has now bifurcated the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MoC&IT) to create a new ministry solely dedicated for Aadhaar and government e-services. 

The newly formed Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology  will strive to promote, develop, implement and regulate e-infrastructure for delivery of e-services, e-innovation with regards to research and development,e-learning, e-inclusion, e-security and e-governance.

The new Ministry will be led by Minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad and will oversee the functioning of UDIA and issuing of Aadhaar cards.Prasad was removed from the charge of Ministry of Communications during the recent reshuffling of cabinet ministers.

According to the PTI report published in BusinessLine, the President gave his approval to the changes made in the  Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961.

UIDAI’s administrative control was earlier vested  NITI Aayog which was formerly the  Planning Commission before being taken over by with MoC&IT