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SC MANDATED INDIAN STATES TO HAVE THREE MEMBER COMMITTEE ON CONTENT REGULATION (CCRGA)

SC MANDATED INDIAN STATES TO HAVE THREE MEMBER COMMITTEE ON CONTENT REGULATION (CCRGA)

Context

During the 19th meeting of the Supreme Court held on 4th September 2020, the Supreme Court made it mandatory for states to have their respective three-member Committee on Content Regulation in Government Advertising (CCRGA).

Details of the meeting

  • Sh. Om Prakash Rawat, former Chief Election Commissioner of India chaired the meeting and was attended by two other members, Shri Ashok Kumar Tandon, Part-Time Member, Prasar Bharti Board, Sh. Ramesh Narayan of Asian Federation of Advertising Associations and past President, IAA.
  • The CCRGA mentioned that some state governments’ delay in setting up the state-level committees may be considered as contempt of Hon’ble Supreme Court’s order.

Powers of the committee

  • The Committee can also summon the concerned officials of the Govt. agencies dealing with the release of advertisements in the event of unnecessary delay in responding to Committee’s notices.
  • The Committee has the power to address complaints from the general public in violation of the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s guidelines and give suggestions.

Actions taken by the states

  • Goa, Karnataka, Mizoram and Nagaland States have already set up state-level Three Member Committees.
  • The State Government of Chhattisgarh has given its approval to the Central Committee to monitor the content of their government advertisements.
  • Other states have yet to set up their respective state-level Committees.

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