Panel wants govt ads banned in three papers

Panel wants govt ads banned in three papers

A legislature committee on privileges has recommended that the State government and its agencies should not place any advertisements in three prominent newspapers - Deccan Herald, Prajavani and Udayavani - for the next three years.

The Privileges Committee Sixth report (2011-12) tabled in the Legislative Assembly on Friday has taken exception to the newspapers publishing the observations made by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its audit report on “local bodies for the year ended March 2011” pertaining to the alleged interference by three City MLAs during the preparation of estimates for road works in the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) jurisdiction.

The panel has recommended that the newspapers be severely admonished for publishing the names of the three legislators.

Finalised the report

The 12-member privileges committee headed by MLA C N Ashwath Narayan, which finalised the report, is a body of the previous Assembly. 

The new Assembly will soon be constituting the privileges committee for the year 2013-14.   

The newspaper reports published on July 28, 2012, had embarrassed the legislators and had come in the way of discharging their duties, the privileges committee has stated.

The panel held two hearings in February this year and submitted its report to the Speaker on March 19.

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