Overworked scribes, ask boss please!

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has begun a fortnightly media durbar where reporters can ask her anything and everything, but needless to say it’s her prerogative to answer. The last free-wheeling interaction held at the plush committee room next to her office in Shastri Bhavan stretched for over an hour and a half.

Nobody was expecting the interaction to last this long. The minister, however, patiently answered all questions with a dash of humour. When a scribe suggested that she use her office to enforce a five-day week for overworked journalists, Soni smiled, saying this was not the right time to raise such a demand in times of recession.

“Your bosses may not be pleased with the idea,” she said.