Reliance Jio and Paytm, who had earlier come into controversy over using Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photo in their advertisements, have now reportedly tendered an apology.
The government had earlier issued notices to the two companies, inquiring if they had taken prior permission for using the PM’s photo.
The controversy arose when a day after demonetisation was announced, Paytm launched a cover page advertisement urging the public to use their digital wallet service with a picture of PM Modi on it.
Similarly, Reliance Jio also used the PM’s image, claiming it was furthering the government’s move towards a ‘Digital India’.
The Department of Consumer Affairs advised the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to “sensitise the media” on their need to obtain “prior permission” before commercial usage of specific emblems and names prohibited by The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950.