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New Delhi: Contending that printing the photograph of Mahatma Gandhi on currency notes in India was “completely commercial,” the Dr. Ambedkar Vichar Manch has appealed to President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stop the practice.
In separate representations sent to the President and the Prime Minister, Manch general secretary R.L. Kain cited the recent notification issued by the Centre against the use of Gandhiji's image on Montblanc pens on the ground that it was for a commercial purpose. Similarly, printing the photograph of Gandhiji on currency notes could not be permitted as their use was commercial, the Manch said.
It wanted the currency notes with Gandhiji's picture withdrawn and suggested using the old effigy of Asoka. Dr. Ambedkar's photograph could also be considered.
The Manch further said that the Indian National Congress was using a party flag which was similar to the national flag. Such use was barred under Section 3 of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950, it said.
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