Congress seeks action against Delhi government on ads

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New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) The Congress on Tuesday complained to the Committee on Content Regulation of Government Advertisements on alleged violation of Supreme Court’s advertisement guidelines by the AAP government in Delhi.

In its memorandum to the SC-appointed panel, the Congress demanded that the committee must ensure recovery of public funds spent on what it said were “illegal advertisements” and an immediate ban on all such ads of the Delhi government.

“… the undersigned seeks to bring to the notice of the august committee, various instances wherein the government of NCT of Delhi (hereinafter referred to as the ‘GNCTD’) has openly flouted government advertisement guidelines laid down by the apex court,” senior Congress leader Ajay Maken said in the memorandum.

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“The undersigned further seeks necessary action/directions against the GNCTD to ensure recovery of public funds misappropriated on such illegal advertisements and immediate ban on all such illegal ads of GNCTD,” the memorandum said.

The memorandum said that to ensure propriety and strict compliance of the apex court’s judgment/guidelines, such recovery shall be made at non-Department of Audio-Visual Publicity rates from the individuals responsible/party in power, who permitted/ published the illegal political ads on account of taxpayers’ money, and the amount so recovered shall be directed to be reimbursed to the corpus of GNCTD for public welfare purposes.



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