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At finance ministry briefing, reporters told to email their questions

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Story outline

  • Three senior officials from the finance ministry and the chief economic adviser were present to talk to the media
  • The reporters were told that the ministry will hold weekly briefings on different issues linked to the finance ministry every Thursday, something similar to the briefings by the ministry of external affairs
The spokesperson conducting the briefing made it clear that the officials will read out a statement and will take no questions.
(This story originally appeared in on Aug 03, 2019)
NEW DELHI: The finance ministry sent out an invite for a briefing by senior officials of the ministry on Friday. The sudden briefing by the ministry, which has barred entry of journalists without appointment with officials after the Union Budget on July 5, triggered excitement and the small hall at the National Media Centre was full when the officials gathered to talk to the media.

Three senior officials from the ministry and the chief economic adviser were present to talk to the media. The reporters were told that the ministry will hold weekly briefings on different issues linked to the finance ministry every Thursday, something similar to the briefings by the ministry of external affairs. The spokesperson conducting the briefing made it clear that the officials will read out a statement and will take no questions.

If the reporters had any question, they should email them to the ministry. They were also told that officials might consider taking questions and television cameras could also be allowed based on how briefings proceed over the weeks.

The “new ground rules” triggered unease among reporters, who requested the officials to take questions as it was a normal news briefing. After a brief discussion among themselves, the chief economic adviser stepped out of the room to make a call. The officials waited for instructions on whether questions can be taken. After waiting for some time, a majority of reporters left and the officials finally read out the statement to two reporters present in the room.
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19 Comments on this Story

Sanjay Chowdhury444 days ago
Simple reason, the answers will not be given solely by our FM but by someone else.
Nemani Hanumanta Rao445 days ago
It''s an arrogant way to tell media reporters. I fully agree with the views of Kambleji.
KRISHAN KANT Aneja445 days ago
Finance Minister is new in Job & would avoid questions by Media like Mr Modi did when Mr Shah took all questions.But here neither FM not her team was ready for questions & it started a new trend where replies will be given on Email.bThat also if FM deems fit to reply.