Government advertising [Outrageous! August] in selected newspapers is a close cousin of paid news and is resorted to usually by leaders who can’t provide effective governance. Responsible governments should constitute special authorities to sanction and monitor such ads, which must rarely carry pictures of political leaders. With such stupendous wastages, efficiently functioning state-managed schools and hospitals will have to wait as also will public transport and better roads.
Professor Mohan Singh, Amristar
I don’t think Rajiv Gandhiji or Indiraji would want us to spend crores of rupees to have their photos on the hoardings and newspapers rather than spending it on development. But, yes, who’s listening anyway?
Arunesh Varade, Nashik