The seats are occupied on the first-come firstserve basis. In some cases, friends look out for each other and share the seats between them. Even as you remain seated, the request for your seat would pop up whenever someone wants to use the computers.
While many heed to the request, the scribes should be lucky to find a friend to offer a seat in some instances. The race gets hotter when the House is in Session, and during important press conferences organised by department heads and ministers.
The seat chase would not remain throughout the day in case of pressers, as the scribe congregation would mostly disperse soon after the event, and vice-versa when the Assembly is in Session.
The air-conditioned room has a large TV on one end, a round-table in the middle and side tables along the walls with desktop computer and nearly 25 chairs, and another room which is demarcated for having lunch.
Another five chairs are set at the lunch table, and the section has two wash basins, a locker cabinet, a mirror, drinking water facility and a common cloakroom.
With over 396 correspondents, including editors, from 85 newspapers and magazines from the state, and another 293 correspondents, cameramen and editors belonging to 47 organisations given accreditation from the state headquarters, the situation is only expected to get worse.
—R Prince Jebakumar, Chennai