"Consider that the word 'delay' has been deleted."
This was the message articulated on Thursday by Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Environment, as he sought to assure all concerned that the Narendra Modi government would ensure speedy implementation of tasks.
Javadekar, while addressing a meeting of CEOs of media and entertainment industry, said that if earlier a file was kept pending for four months, in the new dispensation it will not be held back even for four weeks.
After the meeting, he tweeted, "There is no word 'delay' in our government. 'Delay' is deleted".
The tweet by Javadekar, who is also holds the charge of the environment and forest ministry, assumes significance in the context of the industries complaining about delay in the grant of green clearances for infrastructure projects.
At the meeting Javadekar told captains of the media and entertainment industry that the government would not be detrimental to the development but would be a partner in development and progress. He said that "a stable policy regime with transparency and time-bound mechanism is a priority of the government."
Earlier, I&B secretary Bimal Julka said the ministry is making attempts to establish single window clearances for permissions.
He said the security clearances for channels at times took 18 months to over two years and efforts are being made to make the process simpler.
In another tweet after his interaction at the event, Javadekar also said that his government would attempt to make Doordarshan the most popular channel for viewers.
"We will make Doordarshan be the first choice of the viewers in this competitive environment," he said.