Publicity drive: from buses to booklets

M.T. Shiva Kumar
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‘Pragathi Nota' highlights Government's ‘success, achievements and projects'

The Government will reportedly distribute 1.5 crore copies of ‘Pragathi Nota'. — Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.
The Government will reportedly distribute 1.5 crore copies of ‘Pragathi Nota'. — Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

After publicising its achievements on 24,000 buses across the State, the State Government has now come out with a booklet highlighting its achievements and programmes, which is being distributed in rural areas.

This comes ahead of elections for 997 zilla panchayat seats in 30 districts and 3,659 taluk panchayat seats in 176 taluks before January 15 when the present term of these bodies expires. The State Election Commission (SEC) is likely to announce the dates soon.

40,000 copies

The Government has published 40,000 copies of ‘Pragathi Nota', a 124-page booklet highlighting the “success, achievements and projects” of the two-and-a-half-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party Government.

According to sources in the Department of Information, the Government has decided to distribute 1.5 crore copies of the booklet in all districts.

‘Hastily published'

The Government has hastily published the booklet before the model code of conduct comes into force, according to Congress spokesperson Ramachandrappa.

“Pragathi Nota is an outcome of the efforts by officials of various departments,” said an official of the Information Department.

Officials from various departments worked round the clock to provide material to the Information Department to bring out the booklet, said an official, who wished to remain anonymous.

The department has already published 15,000 copies in art paper (good quality) and 25,000 copies in maplitho paper.

The cost of printing each booklet is Rs. 60. In the past week, the Government has distributed 11,000 copies of ‘Pragathi Nota' in several districts, especially in rural areas.

Handed out

The booklets, along with saris, are being handed out to people at functions organised to distribute saris and bonds under the Bhagyalakshmi scheme.

Sources said that the Government had decided to distribute at least 1.5 crore copies of ‘Pragathi Nota' by the first week of December.

Digital boards

According to the sources in the Information Department, the State Government will shortly invite a tender to install digital advertisement boards highlighting the Government's achievements, in all hobli centres.

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