Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Jagatsinghpur, Jan 27:
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL)’s publicity van for ‘Jana Amantran Karyakram’ (public invitation programme) was detained by Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district administration today for using the picture of Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
As directed by collector Bijay Ketan Upadhyaya, the detention was carried out by IIC of Balikuda police station Balaram Nayak while it was publicizing the dedication of Paradip refinery by the Prime Minister of India and various welfare schemes of the Union Government.
“Today we detained the IOCL’s Urja Utsav vehicle as directed by the district administration. The vehicle had pictures of Dharmendra Pradhan, whereas the Supreme Court guideline bars usage of images of ministers. It states that only the pictures of the Prime Minister and the President can be used,” said IIC Nayak.
“The vehicle has been temporarily detained as it violated the Supreme Court’s stricture in a case in 2013. We have also advised them to honour the stricture of the court. If they fail to do so, it may lead to contempt of court,” said collector Upadhyaya.
Earlier on January 25, Odisha Information and Public Relations Secretary Manoranjan Panigrahi had asked the Collector Bijay Ketan Upadhyaya to look into the issue and take necessary action as we reported here. http://odishasuntimes.com/2016/01/26/bjd-bjp-continue-spar-over-inauguration-of-iocl-paradip-refinery/
Interestingly, while only one vehicle has been detained, no information was provided by the government about the other 29 vehicles that were flagged off on January 23. All the 30 vehicles had similar designs and pictures of Pradhan on them along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
BJD had been up in arms against the publicity vehicles ever since they were launched as we reported here http://odishasuntimes.com/2016/01/23/let-iocl-not-be-a-medium-of-political-propaganda-says-bjd/. The war of words continued today as well.
Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the refinery to the nation on Feb 7, 2016. This state-of- the-art Rs 35,000 crore refinery with 15 million MT capacity is IOCL’s largest refinery ever. The plant will contribute enormously to the capacity and availability of IOCL’s petroleum products including petrol, diesel, kerosene, LPG etc.