PRABHU MALLIKARJUNAN entered the profession a month ago. In just his first month at work at a business newspaper in Hyderabad, he has calculated that he has received Rs 6,560 worth of gifts and freebies.
Four corporate buffet lunches (@ Rs 1,100 + taxes 12.5%) Rs 4,950; leather wallet Rs 600; 2 GB pendrive Rs 350; note pads Rs 100; Parker pen Rs 100; other stationery Rs 100; T shirt Rs 300; coffee mug Rs 60. Total Rs 6,560.
“Initially I thought it was OK to receive stationery (notepad, pen and pencil). But as days passed by, I started getting calendars, coffee mugs and pens. I thought this might be the ‘corporate culture’. Then came 2 GB pendrives, T-shirts and leather wallets…. On average, a business journalist can get over Rs 78,000 as uninformed incentive.”
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