No PMO permission for using Narendra Modi’s picture on Khadi products, PM seeks explanation
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought an explanation from the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises on his photograph being used on the Khadi Udyog stationary in place of Mahatma Gandhi’s image.
It has been reported that his picture was used without seeking the approval of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and apparently, this has made Narendra Modi ‘upset’.
Top government officials familiar with the PMO’s response to the KVIC issue have made it clear that the Prime Minister has made his disapproval apparent after the incident attracted much anger from all over the country.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had criticised the government over the same. However, this is not the first time that Prime Minister’s photo has been used without seeking PMO’s consent.
“This is not the first instance of someone walking the extra mile to impress the PM or to show their association with the PM,” a top official said, reports Economic Times.
Narendra Modi’s picture has been used by both Jio, a telecom company, and Paytm, a mobile wallet service and ecommerce marketplace, was without official permission for advertising campaigns.
“Last October, Modi ji distributed 500 charkhas to women spinners in Ludhiana. It was then decided to print his picture on calendars to commemorate that event,” the official said. However, images of ordinary citizens too have been used on the stationary products five times in the past but Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has mostly used Mahatma Gandhi’s image on its products.