Reliance Jio And Paytm Are Apologising That They Used PM Modi’s Photo in Ads

Narendra Modi

The government informed the Parliament on this Friday that Reliance Jio and Paytm have apologized for inadvertently using the Prime Minister’s pictures in their advertisements.

Notices had been sent to both the companies by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act of 1950, which bars use of Prime Minister’s name and picture for commercial purposes.

“Clarifications were sought by the Department of Consumer Affairs from Paytm and Reliance Jio wherein they have apologized for their inadvertent mistake,” Minister of State for Consumer Affairs C R Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

Both the companies had used the Prime Minister’s image in their full page advertisements contravening the ‘prior permission’ mentioned under the Act, he said.

After the Department’s request, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has issued an advisory to the print medium to check regarding the permission of the respective authority before publishing any ads wherein the emblem and names specified under the Act are mentioned, he added.

The minister also said that there is a committee in place to decide upon a procedure that will allow private firms to use the Prime Minister’s picture in ads.

Reliance Jio had advertised the Reliance Jio 4G service dedicating it to the PM Modi government’s flagship Digital India project. And after the government had announced the demonetization decision on 8 November, Paytm had issued an advertisement welcoming the move as it boosted use of e-wallets.

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Now You Can Use PayTM to Buy Stuff From Google Play Store


While making payments via credit cards is not a big deal in developed countries, A lot of Indian users don’t have credit cards to pay for services and apps on Google Play Store.

Google has tried to solve the problem by introducing carrier billing which is available for Airtel, Idea and Vodaphone postpaid accounts, however, it is still not enough to cover all the users.

Indian mobile wallet PayTM seems to have found a solution, however. The company announced that it would let customers buy Google Play Store credit so that users who don’t have a credit card can make payments using their debit cards.

To buy something from Google Play Store, first, you will need to open the PayTM app on the phone. Then, after tapping on Google Play Store icon within the app, you can then enter the amount. Once you have entered the amount, you can either pay money to PayTM using your debit card or you can use your credit if you have some.

PayTM will then generate you a Google Play Voucher. Once the voucher is created, you can copy the text and enter it on Google Play Store to complete the payment.

While it is certainly not an evolutionary idea, it is an interesting way to deal with the problem.

Google has an official list of gift card retailers, but at the time of writing, it does not list PayTM as official vendor.

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