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DAVP spent over Rs800 crore on publicity: Rajyavardhan Rathore

The department of audio visual publicity is the nodal agency of the government for releasing advertisements on behalf of ministries and departments

New Delhi: The department of audio visual publicity (DAVP), which is the nodal agency of the government for releasing advertisements on behalf of ministries and departments, spent 842.89 crore on publicity in the current fiscal, the government said on Tuesday.

In a written reply in Lok Sabha, minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said “till 29 February, 402.79 crore has been spent on print media while 353.31 has been spent on electronic media."

At least 66.83 crore was spent by DAVP on outdoor publicity, 12.13 crore on printed publicity and 7.83 crore on holding exhibitions, according to the details shared by the minister.

In a written reply to another question on community radio stations, Rathore said it was decided in June 2015 that these channels may send their broadcast recordings through email for a review. However, as most community radio stations did not find it convenient, a review of the mechanism is underway, Rathore said.

The community radio stations continue to preserve the recordings of their broadcasts for a period of three months, he said. Replying to another question, Rathore said Prasar Bharati and Doordarshan are pursuing cases of outstanding dues from certain producers. About 83 cases are pending in courts, arbitration and out-of-court settlement, he added. PTI

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