The advertisement was about laying of foundation stone for the Reddy Hostel building in memory of Raja Bahadur Venkatrama Reddy, the police commissioner during the Nizam period.
On Monday, the Telangana government released the similar front page jacket advertisement for the all the newspapers on the civic reception hosted in the honour of Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu.
Similar huge advertisements were released last week in the name of “rejuvenation of Sriramsagar project” where chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao addressed a public meeting.
Apart from the print media, massive advertisements were also released to the electronic media in audio-visual form.
Needless to say, the advertisements cost crores and crores of rupees from the public exchequer.
Except three or four major Telugu newspapers and an equal number of English newspapers, the circulation of all the other newspapers is just bogus, as they submit fake circulation certificates.
The officials of the Information and Public Relations department know about it, but they release the ads just like that as they get huge cut in the advertisement expenditure.
One can understand if the government wants to gain goodwill and publicity by giving advertisements on schemes and projects like Sriramsagar or Mission Kakatiya or Mission Bhagiratha, but what goodwill it would get or what public purpose it would serve, if it gives huge advertisements on felicitating Venkaiah or laying foundation for Reddy hostel.
Did the government give advertisements when foundation stones were laid for Brahmin Bhavan or Christian Bhavan?
Well, if the powers-that-be want to spend money, nobody can question it. If anybody questions, he or she would be treated as anti-Telangana!