Reliance Jio and Paytm have apologised for their “inadvertent mistake” in using Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photograph in their advertisements without permission, the government on Friday informed Parliament.
The ministry of consumer affairs had sent notices to both the companies under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act of 1950, which bars use of prime minister’s name and picture for commercial use.
“Clarifications were sought by the department of consumer affairs from Paytm and Reliance Jio wherein they have apologised for their inadvertent mistake,” minister of state for consumer affairs C R Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
The two companies used the photograph of the prime minister in their respective full page advertisements contravening the ‘prior permission’ stipulated under the act, he said.
Based on the department’s request, the information and broadcasting ministry has issued an advisory to print medium to check-up the permission from competent authority before issuing any advertisement wherein the emblem and names specified under the Act are mentioned, he added.