Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (India)

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Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (India)
Emblem of India.svg
Agency overview
Jurisdiction IndiaRepublic of India
Headquarters Sanchar Bhawan
New Delhi
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Minister responsible
Agency executive
Child agencies
  • Department of Telecommunications
  • Department of Electronics and Information Technology
  • Department of Posts

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology is an Indian government ministry. It contains three departments:

Former Ministers

Following is the list of Ministers of Communication.[1]

Name Term of office Political party
Prime Minister
Rafi Ahmed Kidwai 15 August 1947 2 August 1951 Congress Nehru
Rajkumari Amrit Kaur 2 August 1951 13 May 1952
Jagjivan Ram 13 May 1952 7 December 1956
Raj Bahadur 7 December 1956 17 April 1957
Lal Bahadur Shastri 17 April 1957 28 March 1958
S. K. Patil 29 March 1958 24 August 1959
Jawaharlal Nehru 25 August 1959 2 September 1959
P. Subbarayan 2 September 1959 9 April 1962
Jagjivan Ram 10 April 1963 31 August 1963
Ashoke Kumar Sen 1 September 1963 13 June 1964
Satya Narayan Sinha 13 June 1964 12 March 1967
I. Gandhi
Ram Subhag Singh 13 March 1967 14 February 1969
Satya Narayan Sinha 14 February 1969 8 March 1971
Indira Gandhi 9 March 1971 17 March 1971
Sher Singh 18 March 1971 2 May 1971
Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna 2 May 1971 8 November 1973
Raj Bahadur 8 November 1973 11 January 1974
Kasu Brahmananda Reddy 11 January 1974 10 October 1974
Shankar Dayal Sharma 10 October 1974 24 March 1977
Morarji Desai 24 March 1977 26 March 1977 JP Desai
Parkash Singh Badal 26 March 1977 27 March 1977 SAD
George Fernandes 28 March 1977 6 July 1977 JP
Brij Lal Varma 6 July 1977 28 July 1979
Charan Singh 28 July 1979 30 July 1979 JNP (S) C. Singh
(Independent Charge)
30 July 1979 27 November 1979
Charan Singh 27 November 1979 7 December 1979
Shyam Nandan Mishra 7 December 1979 14 January 1980
Indira Gandhi 15 January 1980 16 January 1980 Congress I. Gandhi
Bhishma Narain Singh 16 January 1980 3 March 1980
C. M. Stephen 3 March 1980 2 September 1982
Anant Prasad Sharma 2 September 1982 14 February 1983
Indira Gandhi 14 February 1983 31 October 1984
Rajiv Gandhi 31 October 1984 4 November 1984 R. Gandhi
V. N. Gadgil 4 November 1984 31 December 1984
Ram Niwas Mirdha
(Independent Charge)
31 December 1984 22 October 1986
Arjun Singh 22 October 1986 14 February 1988
Vasant Sathe 14 February 1988 25 June 1988
Bir Bahadur Singh 25 June 1988 30 June 1989
Giridhar Gamang
(Independent Charge)
4 July 1989 2 December 1989
V. P. Singh 2 December 1989 6 December 1989 JD V. P. Singh
K.P. Unnikrishnan 6 December 1989 23 April 1990 Congress (S)
Janeshwar Mishra 30 April 1990 5 November 1990 JD
V. P. Singh 6 November 1990 10 November 1990
Chandra Shekhar 10 November 1990 21 November 1990 SJP Chandra Shekhar
Sanjay Singh 22 November 1990 21 June 1991
Rajesh Pilot
(Independent Charge)
21 June 1991 17 January 1993 Congress Rao
Sukh Ram
(Independent Charge)
17 January 1993 16 May 1996
Atal Bihari Vajpayee 16 May 1996 1 June 1996 BJP Vajpayee
Beni Prasad Verma 1 June 1996 19 March 1998 SP Dewe Gowda
Atal Bihari Vajpayee 19 March 1998 21 March 1998 BJP Vajpayee
Buta Singh 21 March 1998 19 April 1998
Atal Bihari Vajpayee 19 April 1998 20 April 1998
Sushma Swaraj 20 April 1998 11 October 1998
Atal Bihari Vajpayee 11 October 1998 6 December 1998
Jagmohan 6 December 1998 8 June 1999
Atal Bihari Vajpayee 8 June 1999 13 October 1999
Ram Vilas Paswan 13 October 1999 1 September 2001 JD (U)
Pramod Mahajan 2 September 2001 28 January 2003 BJP
Arun Shourie 29 January 2003 22 May 2004
Dayanidhi Maran 23 May 2004 15 May 2007 DMK M. Singh
A. Raja 16 May 2007 14 November 2010
Manmohan Singh 15 November 2010 Congress
Kapil Sibal 19 January 2011 26 May 2014
Ravi Shankar Prasad 26 May 2014 Incumbent BJP Modi

Department of Telecommunications

Also known as the Door Sanchar Vibhag, this department concerns itself with policy, licensing and coordination matters relating to telegraphs, telephones, wireless, data, facsimile and telematic services and other like forms of communications. It also looks into the administration of laws with respect to any of the matters specified, namely:

Public sector units

R&D unit

Other units

A need was felt in the year 2007 to distinctly address the issues of Communication Network Security at DOT (HQ) level, consequent to enhancement of FDI limit in Telecom sector from 49% to 74% and therefore a new wing, named Security was created in DOT (HQ).

Telephone Advisory Committees


Department of Posts

Department of Posts India
Agency of the Government of India
Industry Courier
Founded 01-04- 1774
Headquarters New Delhi, Delhi, India
Key people
Ms Manjula Prashar, Director General
Services Postal system
Number of employees
466,903 (As of 31 March 2011)[8]
Slogan Dak Seva Jan Seva

The Department of Posts (DoP) operates one of the oldest and most extensive mail services in the world. As of 31 March 2011, the Indian Postal Service has 154,866 post offices, of which 139,040 (89.78%) are in rural areas and 15,826 (10.22%) are in urban areas. It has 25,464 departmental PO s and 129,402 ED BPOs. At the time of independence, there were 23,344 post offices, which were primarily in urban area. Thus the network has registered a sevenfold growth since independence, with the focus of the expansion primarily in rural areas. On an average, a post office serves an area of 21.23 sq; km and a population of 7,114 people. This is the most widely distributed post office system in the world.[8] The large numbers are a result of a long tradition of many disparate postal systems which were unified in the Indian Union post-Independence. Owing to this far-flung reach and its presence in remote areas, the Indian postal service is also involved in other services such as small savings banking and financial services., with about 25,464 full-time and 139,040 part-time post offices. It offers a whole range of products under posts, remittance, savings, insurance and philately. While the Director General is the head of operations, the Secretary is an adviser to the Minister. Both responsibilities are undertaken by one officer.

The DG is assisted by the Postal Services Board with six members: The six members of the Board hold portfolios of Personnel, Operations, Technology, Postal Life Insurance, Human Resources Development, Planning respectively. Manjula Parashar is the Secretary (Posts) and DG Posts as also the Chairman of the Postal Services Board. Shri Kamleshwar Prasad, Member (HRD), Ms. Suneeta Trivedi, Member (Planning), Ms. P. Gopinath, Member (Technology), ( Vacant No Incumbent holding the Post ) Member (Operations), Shri S. Sarkar, Member (PLI) & Chairman, Investment Board, and Ms. Yesodhara Menon, Member (Personnel). The national headquarters are at Delhi and functions from Dak Bhavan located at the junction of Parliament Street and Ashoka Road.

The annual revenue is around Rs.79 billion and expenditure is Rs.137. billion during 2011-2012 improved a lot from 45 billion income & expenses of 58 billion.

Lack of proper investment in infrastructure and technology is the reason for such low revenue. The present top management has already started investing in latest technology to improve the infrastructure. Quality of service is being improved and new products are being offered to meet the competition.

The field services are managed by Postal Circles—generally conforming to each State—except for the North Eastern States, India has been divided into 22 postal circles, each circle headed by a Chief Postmaster General. Each Circle is further divided into Regions comprising field units, called Divisions, headed by a Postmaster General. Further divided into divisions headed by SSPOs & SPOs. further divisions are divided into Sub Divisions Headed by ASPs &IPS. Other functional units like Circle Stamp Depots, Postal Stores Depots and Mail Motor Service may exist in the Circles and Regions.

Besides the 22 circles, there is a special Circle called the Base Circle to cater to the postal services of the Armed Forces of India. Army Postal Services (APS) is a unique arrangement to take care of the postal requirement of soldiers posted across the country. Department of Posts personnel are commissioned into the army to take care of APS. The Base Circle is headed by an Additional Director General, Army Postal Service holding the rank of a Major General.

The DoP is governed by the Indian Post Office Acts, 1898. Other than the traditional postage service in order to keep up with the age many new services have been introduced by the department:

  • e-Post - Delivery of email through post man where email service is not available
  • e-BillPost - Convenient way to pay bills under one roof
  • Postal Life insurance
  • International money transfers
  • Mutual funds
  • Banking


  1. "List of Ministers of Communications". Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. Ministry of Communication and Information Technology/National Informatics Centre. Retrieved 19 May 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Telecommunation Engineering Center
  3. "Telephone Advisory Committees (TACs)". Retrieved 23 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Raghuram Rajan went ahead with TAC view on interest rate". Retrieved 25 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "BSNL holds second TAC meeting". Retrieved 27 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "BSNL to provide 3G connectivity to Lasalgaon, Satana". Times of India. Retrieved 5 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Circular" (PDF).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. 8.0 8.1
  9. "FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF POSTS". Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications. Government of India. pp. tab215.pdf. Retrieved 1 January 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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