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PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS WING

Press and Public Relations Wing was set up in April 1956 to cater to the needs of the Press and to provide all possible facilities to enable them to cover the day-to-day proceedings of Lok Sabha. With time, the mandate of PPR has diversified and expanded to cater to Press correspondents to electronic media to online and social media. Today, besides liaising with the correspondents covering Parliament and various Government publicity organizations and communication media for the proper publicity of parliamentary and other activities of Lok Sabha, the main functions of the Press and Public Relations Wing are listed below:

  • Work relating to the Press Gallery, involving issue of Press Gallery passes for Sessions, admission of Newspapers/ News agencies/ Electronic media/ Online media to Press Gallery;   processing requests for Central Hall facilities and grant of Press Gallery passes under the category of "Long & Distinguished Service".
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  • Liaison with Government publicity organizations and other media bodies.
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  • Publicity of Parliament's activities through Press Releases/ communiqu├ęs. Photo/TV coverage of various functions organized and held in Parliament House/ Parliament House Annexe/  Parliament Library Building.
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  • Setting up of Media Centre during International Conferences, Seminars, Symposia, etc.
  • Supply of information and publicity materials relating to the work of Parliament to the general public, institutions, research scholars and others.
  • Grant of permission for photography and videography in Parliament House/ Parliament House Annexe/ Parliament Library Building.
  • Preparation and distribution of Lok Sabha Calendar every year.
  • Nodal Branch for processing DAVP/ BOC bills against publication of advertisements pertaining to the Lok Sabha Secretariat.
  • Updating feed of various parliamentary activities on social media platforms of the Lok Sabha Secretariat.

Media Coverage

Publicity arrangements through print, electronic and online media of the parliamentary functions including:

  • Calls on the Speaker, Lok Sabha; Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha; Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha by foreign dignitaries/ parliamentary delegations;
  • Meetings between foreign delegations with Indian MPs;
  • Visits abroad of Indian Parliamentary Delegations;
  • National and International Parliamentary Conferences, Seminars, Symposia, Press Conferences of Speaker, Lok Sabha; Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha; Chairmen of Parliamentary Committees;
  • Unveiling of Statues/Portraits;
  • Floral Tributes to the National Leaders at their portraits installed in the Central Hall;
  • Addresses of dignitaries in Parliament House Complex;
  • Release of books by Speaker, Lok Sabha and other dignitaries and other functions attended by them.

Special invitation letters/passes are issued to the correspondents/photographers/ camerapersons to cover the functions. Press Releases and photographs of all the functions/meetings held in Parliament House Complex are issued to media for wider coverage.

Doordarshan and All India Radio are particularly requested for telecasting/ broadcasting of all parliamentary functions held in the Parliament House precincts. Photo coverage of all the functions is made through Photo Division, Photo Sections of PTI and UNI, official photographers and photographers/camerapersons accredited to Press Information Bureau.

In case of International Parliamentary Conferences/Seminars/Symposia held in New Delhi, all the above mentioned arrangements are made in close cooperation and in consultation with the other concerned Branches of the Lok Sabha Secretariat, Ministries/ Departments of the Government of India, Secretariats of International Organisations and the Press Information Bureau. In addition, the following arrangements are especially made with regard to International Parliamentary Conferences/ Seminars/ Symposia:

  • Media Centre set-up is at the venue of the Conference/Seminar/Symposia for providing necessary functional facilities to all the Media persons, besides maintaining liaison with them.
  • Photo-laminated passes/special passes are issued to the accredited correspondents and photographers.
  • Curtain Raiser programme of the Speaker, Lok Sabha on the eve of the function.
  • Press Conferences of the Speaker, Lok Sabha - one on the eve of the Parliamentary Conference/Seminar/Symposia and another after the conclusion of the event.
  • Meetings of the Secretary-General, Lok Sabha with the media persons about the publicity arrangements made.
  • Meetings of the Secretary-General, Lok Sabha with the Secretaries-General of other countries participating in the Parliamentary Conference(s)/Seminar(s)/ Symposia.
  • Collection of all the photographs relating to Parliamentary Conferences/ Seminars/meetings etc. and supplying/sending the same to the Media/Daily Bulletin Desk of LARRDIS.
  • Collection of Press clippings pertaining to the Parliamentary Conference/ Seminar/Symposium etc. for the various post-Conference uses.

Press Gallery

The Press Gallery of Lok Sabha has a seating capacity for 123 media persons. However, out of these, 57 seats in the first two rows are allotted to specific media organizations.

All matters concerning the Press Gallery of Lok Sabha including accreditation of newspapers, correspondents, increase in the quota of Press Gallery passes, allotment of seats, functional facilities to Correspondents who cover the proceedings of the House, are dealt with by this Wing. However, all cases relating to the Press Gallery are put up for consideration of the Press Advisory Committee.

Privileges of the Press

Parliament, the Government and the people communicate with each other through the print, electronic and online media. It is of paramount importance that the proceedings of Parliament are communicated to the people who are interested in knowing as to what transpires in the Chambers of Parliament. Freedom of the Press has not been expressly provided for in the Constitution, but is implicit in the Fundamental Right pertaining to the Freedom of Speech and Expression guaranteed to the citizens under article 19(1) (a) of the Constitution of India. The term "Freedom of Speech and Expression", includes the liberty to propagate not only one's views but also the right to print matters which have been borrowed from someone else or are printed under the direction of that person and also includes the liberty of publication and circulation.

In its relations with Parliament, the Press enjoys some privileges. Our Constitution confers absolute immunity from proceedings in any court of law on all persons connected with the publication of the proceedings of either House of Parliament, if such a publication is made by or under the authority of the House. The statutory protection given in this regard applies to the publication in newspapers or broadcasts by wireless telegraphy of substantially true reports of any proceedings of either House of Parliament, provided such reports are for the public good and are not actuated by malice. This protection has been given within the overall limitation that Parliament has the power to control and, if necessary, to prohibit the publication of its debates or proceedings and to punish for the violation of its order. Generally, there are no restrictions imposed on reporting of the proceedings of the Houses. But, if the proceedings of the Houses or for that matter, of its Committees are reported mala fide or if there is any gross misrepresentation or suppression of the speeches of particular members, it is certainly a breach of privilege and contempt of the House warranting punishment. Similarly, the Press cannot publish the proceedings or evidence given before or any document presented to a Parliamentary Committee before these have been laid on the Table of the House. The Press is not expected to disclose the proceedings or decisions of a secret sitting of the House till the ban or secrecy has been lifted. It has also to ensure that portions of debates expunged from the proceedings of the House by the Presiding Officer are not published. In other words, there can be no freedom of the Press at the cost of privileges of Parliament.