CCRGA issues notice to Government of NCT of Delhi

New Delhi, July 20, 2020: The Supreme
Court mandated Committee
on Content Regulation in
Government Advertising
(CCRGA) today issued a
notice to Government of
NCT of Delhi on an advertisement
of the Delhi Government
which had appeared
on July 16, 2020.
The Committee had taken
suo-moto cognizance of the
points raised in the social
media on the Delhi Government
advertisement – questions
had been raised on the
necessity of Delhi Government
to issue advertisements
in Mumbai newspapers
and had pointed that the
purpose of the ad was only
for political messaging.
The one page advertisement
was published by the
Department of Education
and Directorate of Information
& Publicity, Government
of NCT of Delhi.
Under the Supreme Court
guidelines dated 13th May,
2015 – “the content of government
advertisements
should be relevant to the
governments’ constitutional
and legal obligations as well
as the citizens’ rights and
entitlements”.
In view of these guidelines,
the Delhi Government
has been given 60 days time
from the receipt of the
notice to submit its comments
to the Committee on
the issues of :
* The cost to exchequer
on the mentioned advertisement
published.
* The purpose of the
advertisement published and
specifically publishing other
editions than Delhi.
* How does this advertisem
not violate the
Supreme Court’s Guidelines
of avoiding glorification of
political personalities.
* Media Plan of the said
advertisement with names of
publications and their editions
may also be furnished.
It will be recalled that as
per the directions of
Supreme Court on 13th
May, 2015, the Government
of India on 6th April, 2016
had set up a Three Member
Body consisting of “persons
with unimpeachable neutrality
and impartiality and who
have excelled in their
respective fields” to look
into Content Regulation of
Government funded advertisements
in all media platforms.
The Committee is empowered
to address complaints
from the general public on
violation of the Supreme
Court guidelines and make
suitable recommendations.
The Committee can also
take suo-moto cognizance of
any violation/ deviation of
the Supreme Court guidelines
and recommend corrective
actions.
Presently the CCRGA is
chaired by Om Prakash
Rawat, former Chief Election
Commissioner of India
and the Members arei
Ramesh Narayan of Asian
Federation of Advertising
Associations and Past President,
IAA and Dr. Ashok
Kumar Tandon, Member,
Prasar Bharati Board.

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