The Prime Minister's Office has reportedly sought an explanation from the Press Information Bureau after an image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi doing an aerial survey of the Chennai floods, presumably Photoshopped by an official at the government's publicity department, inspired embarrassing online spoofs.
The Economic Times reported that the PMO has also said that only the images "notified as real" (read: not Photoshopped) will be released by them henceforth.
The PMO said it is trying to ensure that the incident did not happen again and was "trying to set accountability on who is responsible for this".
The photo showed the PM looking out of the window of his helicopter at submerged houses in Chennai. The scene outside the window in the original photo is much less distinct. The photo was later removed by PIB, but not before it was already turned a series of hilarious memes and jokes.
Modi made an aerial survey of Chennai and its suburbs. He arrived from Delhi at naval working station INS Rajali in Arakkonam, about 60 km from Chennai.
The PIB released a rather curious explanation when hit by a barrage of questions about the photo.
Clarification regarding merger of two pictures on PIB’s Twitter Handle and Website
Pictures of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi undertaking the aerial survey of flood affected areas of Tamil Nadu were released on PIB Twitter Handle and PIB’s website last evening.
Out of the seven pictures released, one picture used the technique of merging two pictures. This is being referred to as “Photoshopping” in sections of media. This happened due to error of judgement and the picture was subsequently deleted. PIB regrets the release of the above mentioned picture. Inconvenience caused is regretted.
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