You have to give it to the GHMC corporators. Just the other day, they were candid in stating that they had nothing to show in terms of improving the capital's civic infrastructure in their first year and also blamed their Commissioner for the tight purse strings.

Yet, as citizens are aware corporators did not fail to get themselves nice freebies. Last year it was laptops with internet connections, printers, free telephone bills, besides, the nice and substantial threefold hike in their respective remunerations.

And few days ago, they have just given themselves a New Year gift. All the corporators and senior officials are to get handy cams costing about Rs. 20,000 each – at a total cost of Rs. 48 lakh.

The money comes from, you guessed it right, from the municipal kitty as the purse strings get loosened for our representatives. Improving roads, junctions, sidewalks, sanitation…they can wait.

V.GEETANATH