In all likelihood, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will soon appoint Upma Chaudhary, a 1983 batch Himachal IAS officer, as its new secretary, according to industry sources.

Chaudhary, on November 2016, was named as the director of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), New Delhi. She is the first director of LBSNAA and had been empanelled as Secretary in the Centre in November 2016.

The speculation of her appointment comes days after it was rumoured that Press Information Bureau Principal Director General Frank Noronha and Secretary NK Sinha were asked for clarification on news reports that were published around the “fake news” circular by the government.

In a major amendment, earlier this month, in the Guidelines for Accreditation of Journalists, the government had decided to suspend the accreditation of journalists who would be involved in creating or propagating fake news. However, the Prime Minister’s Office ordered withdrawal of the guidelines the very next day. – Exchange4Media