Union Minister I&B & Telecommunications
She was re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha from South Delhi Parliamentary constituency for a 2nd term in 1998. Under the second Vajpayee Government, she was sworn in as Cabinet Minister for Information and Broadcasting with additional charge of the Ministry of Telecommunications from 19 March to 12 October 1998. Her most notable decision during this period was to declare Film as an industry, which made the industry eligible for Bank finance. Prior to this, the film industry was financed by the underworld on heavy rate of interests. This one decision liberated film industry from the clutches of the underworld. She also started community radio by the Universities and other institutions.
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