There was a controversy over the advertisement by Reliance Jio using Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s picture. Now the PM’s office was clarified that they have not given permission to use PM’s picture in teh advertisement.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha to a question by Samajwadi Party's Neeraj Shekhar, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has admitted that it was aware that Reliance Jio used the Prime Minister's photographs in the advertisement.
"Yes sir, the government was aware," said Mr Rathore, adding that no permission was granted by PMO.
Rathore had said that the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity, the agency which is responsible for releasing advertisements on the policies of the government, only puts out government promotions and does not “release advertisements of any private body”.
Samajwadi Party leader Neeraj Shekhar, had sought to know the action taken against Jio, if it had not been granted permission to use the photographs. Rathore said that the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950, was the law regarding such matters. The law is administered by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
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