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SC panel comes out with guidelines on govt ads

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A Supreme Court-appointed high- powered committee has recommended that names and pictures of political parties and their office bearers like presidents be not mentioned in government advertisements.

Holding that there had been "misuse and abuse" of public money on such advertisements, the three-member committee headed by eminent academician Professor N R Madhava Menon has framed guidelines to regulate expenditure and contents of such advertisements paid out of tax payers' money.

The report, submitted to the apex court, has emphasised that only pictures and names of the President, the Prime Minister, Governor and Chief Ministers be published to "keep politics away from such ads".

Sources said the Committee has also endorsed the suggestions of the Election Commission that there must be "severe" restrictions on such advertisements six months prior to elections.

It recommended that a deadline should be fixed for prohibiting their publication and the poll panel should be authorised for the purpose.

The committee, also comprising T K Viswanathan, former Secretary General of Lok Sabha and Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, recommended that there should only be a single advertisement, preferably by Information and Broadcasting Ministry, in respect of commemorative advertisements, which are given on birth and death anniversary of an important personality.

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First Published: Mon, October 06 2014. 18:25 IST
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