Sanitary freebie

IN Media Watch Briefs | 08/06/2012

The Hindu on June 8 says  an RTI has revealed that the Delhi press club built toilets with a Rs 1.5 lakh grant from the Maharshtra Chief Minister's Relief Fund in 1998. Asked about it the president of the club told the paper that the amount is modest compared to what  other state governments give them as contributions. The Kerala Government recently gave them Rs 25 lakh, formally approved by the state assembly. The club got its land in the heart of the city from the government, and the Indian Women's Press Corps occupies a government bungalow in a prime location in the capital city. As does the Foreign Correspondents' Club. What's the quid pro quo governments look for when they  pamper journalists with state funds?

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