Modi Govt to Use Social Media for Social Welfare

PM Narendra Modi interacting with the beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, in New Delhi on February 13, 2018 (file photo)
PM Narendra Modi interacting with the beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, in New Delhi on February 13, 2018 (file photo)

India’s Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Ananthkumar, said Tuesday that 21st century is the age of information, communication and knowledge, and this is the only way the people of the country can be empowered.

He added that the citizens need to be made aware about the initiatives and schemes the government is implementing for their welfare.

Today, the minister said, social media is the most important tool for nation building and peoples’ welfare.

He was chairing a review meeting on social media engagement with people on schemes and initiatives taken by the ministries under his charge.

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Following the vision of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi to ‘Educate, Engage and Elevate’ the people on issues of their welfare, Ananthkumar guided the gathering of social media incharges of all departments, organizations and PSUs under his ministries.

He urged them to make the citizen aware of the initiatives taken for social welfare and also tap the pulse from the ground on the extent of their successful implementation.

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“Social media is the appropriate tool to take real time feedback on the efficacy of any scheme on the ground and help improve its implementation, hence it needs to be employed to its full capacity,” Ananthkumar said.

He also directed senior officers of the ministries / departments to undertake a revamp and subsequently update their official websites regularly and make them more citizen friendly.

The minister desired to take a regular review of the level of engagement of all entities under the ministries on social media with the people.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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