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Centre’s communication team tries to ‘break myths’

NEW DELHI: The Centre’s communication machinery on Friday made attempts to ‘break myths’ about CAA and NRC after widespread protests across the country. I&B ministry, PIB and Prasar Bharati officials also coordinated with the Foreigners Department and Registrar General of India. A government official said this was being done as the Supreme Court had asked to the Centre to create awareness on the issue. The focus was on releasing video-explainers, social media content, graphics, fact sheets and blogs.

The government has already issued an ad campaign to be released in all major Hindi, Urdu, Bengali and Assamese newspapers. The team has closely monitored the response of Congress, AAP, Trinamool leaders and even people like Kanhaiya Kumar to frame the rebuttals. “We have been told to maintain a coordination between various departments, be careful about the context particularly in the northeast and get CAA and NRC posts approved by home ministry experts,” an official said.

While the main content on what goes out had come from the MHA, Doordarshan and Prasar Bharati News Service have also created multiple posts rebutting points made by protesters. A person involved in the campaign said while for the first four days the government’s communication was focussed on addressing concerns in the northeast, it shifted to addressing concerns of Muslims on Wednesday. Now, it is looking at dispelling myths about NRC. Meanwhile, I&B ministry has sent another advisory to TV channels, asking them to refrain from showing “content that can incite violence.”

Source: Economic Times