1. AAP violated advertisement regulations, asked to reimburse the state: I&B panel

AAP violated advertisement regulations, asked to reimburse the state: I&B panel

According to the committee, the Delhi government used the exchequer's funds to promote Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, for which AAP has been asked to provide a reimbursement to the state.

By: | Published: September 17, 2016 10:09 AM
AAP Reuters 660 The committee concluded that since the Delhi government had allegedly violated the guidelines, “the only way it could be remedied is to make the political party, the main beneficiary in the process of violation, to pay for the expenditure incurred by the government”. (Reuters)

Yet another setback might be on the cards for Aam Aadmi Party. A central committee constituted by the Centre has alleged that the party violated some of the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court last year on regulation the content of government advertising.

According to the committee, the Delhi government used the exchequer’s funds to promote Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, for which AAP has been asked to provide a reimbursement to the state. The alleged violations related to outstation ads, misleading ads, ads for self-glorification, ads against media, ads mentioning AAP by name, and ads about incidents in other states.

The committee created by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on April 26,2016 constituted of three members- journalist Rajat Sharma, advertising veteran Piyush Pandey and was headed by chief election commissioner B B Tandon. The 17-page conclusions drawn by the committee have been sent to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi the Chief Secretary of the Delhi government, registrar of Delhi High Court and Congress leader Ajay Maken, the complainant.

The committee had said that the Supreme Court judgment had “stated that the heads of government departments and agencies shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with these guidelines and shall follow a procedure of certification of compliance before advertisements are released to the media’’.

The committee concluded that since the Delhi government had allegedly violated the guidelines, “the only way it could be remedied is to make the political party, the main beneficiary in the process of violation, to pay for the expenditure incurred by the government”.

As per the committee, it had received a complaint against the AAP government from Maken on May 11, accusing it for violating the court’s guidelines in nine areas. The committee said it sent notices to the Delhi government for its comments on May 26, followed by reminders on June 13 and June 26. The Delhi government told the committee that it was “in the process of appointing” its ‘’own committee for regulating the content of the Government advertisements”, it said.

In its response, the Delhi government said that it had “taken an conscious decision to communicate the path-breaking accomplishments made in health, education, water supply, roads, etc., to not only the citizenry of Delhi but also the people across the country”. Denying that the ads were used for self-glorification, it said that Kejriwal as the Chief Minister is the “natural face or identity of the government”.

“This is no exception as the government communication strategy of every Indian state is represented by its Chief Minister and that of the nation by the Hon’ble Prime Minister,’’ it said.

When contacted, AAP Minister Kapil Mishra told The Indian Express: “I am not aware of what the report says but based on the charges made against us, all I can say is there should be the same rules for all state governments. Why is the Delhi government being singled out? Such politically motivated committees cannot pass judgments.”

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    Anonymous
    Sep 17, 2016 at 8:34 am
    is this a case of the Aam Admi sucbing to the lure of corruption.
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      Vishal
      Sep 17, 2016 at 10:10 am
      BJP drama Sagar Wagh, a two-and-half-year-old tribal boy from Mokhada village in Palghar district of Maharashtra died of extreme malnutrition on August 30 at a government hospital in neighbouring Nashik district after battling for life for four months. He was weighing a mere 4.5 kilograms then. Sagar is one among the 126 tribal kids who lost their life between April-July this year due to acute malnutrition in the Palghar district, which is barely 100 kms away from Mumbai which contributes to one-third of India's total direct tax, Rs1.15 trillion last year, and harbours some of the richest people in the world. All 126 children were less than a year old. Of them, 54 infants had ped away soon after the birth, which is an alarmingly high number compared to previous years, admit government officials. At least a dozen deaths were reported from Palghar district in past five months, including that of five mothers as well. As many as 457 kids have been diagnosed as "severely acute malnourished" (SAM) and 3,159 kids as moderately acute malnourished (MAM), say the figures of integrated child development scheme, compiled in August. In Mokhada taluka of the district, nearly 28% children were found to be severely underweight during health camps. Incidentally, Maharashtra's tribal minister Vishnu Sawara hails from the same district and doubles up as the guardian minister as well. Over 600-odd tribal kids have died in Maharashtra in these four months due to malnutrition, said officials. The large-scale deaths have sparked anger and frustration in tribal districts and kin of some deceased kids even refused to meet the minister when he visited their hamlets in Palghar on Friday.
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        jew
        Sep 17, 2016 at 6:55 am
        You forgot Vijaya Goel in Roi. ROLFMAO
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          Prasad
          Sep 17, 2016 at 5:21 am
          Another BJP Drama...why don't these people focus on development. Another point is , opposition in the democracy is essential. Looks like BJP does not want strong opposition.
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            Prem Bansal
            Sep 17, 2016 at 11:24 am
            Shameless AAP government and spending Delhi money for self glorification. They must be charged along with penality. This we have voiced long ago .
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              Purush
              Sep 17, 2016 at 6:47 am
              After all that has happened in Delhi during last 1.5 yrs, you feel AAP is worth anything? Pathetic!
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                S K
                Sep 17, 2016 at 5:30 am
                you call AAP an Opposition?? one min is in "Finland" to study edu systems! one Health dept in a mess, CM has run off to Blore for treatment, Created mess i n Punjab! AAP has lost its way
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                  S.K.Gupta
                  Sep 17, 2016 at 5:51 am
                  Let the law of the land apply here too. But there be no witch hunting for some political overtones.
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