CM recalls his tryst with pen; 'patrika dinacharane' held

CM recalls his tryst with pen; 'patrika dinacharane' held

When Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar decorated the dais for Patrika Dinacharane, organised by Mysore District Journalists Association (MDJA) on Wednesday, many didn’t know that they would get to know the journalist in the VVIP.

The chief minister recalled his days as a journalist in ‘Vishwavani’ edited by noted journalist Patil Puttappa. “I was studying LLB then.

The classes were finishing by 11 am and for the rest of the day, I used to work in the newspaper. I walked in after seeing an advertisement for journalists, and the monthly pay was fixed at Rs 300,” said chief minister reminiscing how he got the job. He worked for over a year and half in that newspaper.

All edition

In a relevant remark, he said that evil is getting prominence over good in the media. “While my speech will be limited to local edition, in the case of violence and crime, the news will be published in all the editions reaching every nook and corner of the State,” said Shettar.

In an oblique reference to the incident of MLA Gulihatti Shekar in torn shirt crying in protest standing on the table of Vidhana Soudha owing to political developments a year ago, the chief minister said- those who stand on chair and protest will get undue prominence in the news coverage.

Besides, advertisements are playing a major role in the media thus increasing the dependability on advertisements for publishing houses.

To newspaper reports over he maintaining silence during his first day of visit to the city on Tuesday, the chief minister admitted that he prefers to talk less and work more.
He himself wondered how he became an advocate, as he had to argue in the court, exactly opposite to what he loved- to be silent.

Substantiating his assertion, the chief minister said he was away from publicity even when he held several portfolios as minister in the past, and he is the same even after becoming chief minister.

“I have been the same wherever I go and it’s not unusual in Mysore,” said chief minister requesting the media not to read between the lines.

On the demands placed by MDJA president C K Mahendra to extend KSRTC bus pass services to all the journalists against accredited journalists in the existing system, and government order on land allotted for Patrika Bhavana for MDJA, the chief minister assured to look into the demands. He also promised to include health benefits for journalists in the ongoing programme of health and family welfare department.  

Earlier journalists R Shivashankar Swamy, M Mahadev, Shivakumar and Meera Appaiah were felicitated for their contribution to the realm.

District-in-charge minister S A Ramdas, senior journalist Hunasavadi Rajan, MDJA vice-president Pragati Gopalakrishna, general secretary K Deepak, secretary Subramanya and others were present.

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