Twit­ter be­comes tool of gov­er­nance

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sri­nand Jha sri­nand­jha@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Sev­eral NDA min­is­ters are tap­ping into the vast po­ten­tial of so­cial me­dia plat­forms as an ef­fec­tive tool of gov­er­nance, with Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi pro­vid­ing the lead.

From an­nounc­ing US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s pres­ence as chief guest at this year’s Repub­lic Day pa­rade to his more re­cent de­ci­sion of visit La­hore, the Prime Min­is­ter has made sev­eral crit­i­cal an­nounce­ments on his of­fi­cial Twit­ter han­dle.

In the past months, sev­eral of Modi’s cab­i­net col­leagues have pitched in with such ini­tia­tives. For­eign min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj’s tweets have helped res­cue In­di­ans stranded in war-torn Ye­men and Iraq or in the evac­u­a­tion of a woman of In­dian ori­gin un­der house ar­rest in the UAE.

Rail­ways min­is­ter Suresh Prabhu has been chug­ging along sim­i­lar tracks too. He has earned pop­u­lar­ity for the min­istry’s pos­i­tive and im­me­di­ate re­sponse to tweets from pas­sen­gers in dis­tress.

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