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Odisha CM asks depts to use social media to connect to people


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 22:

In its bid to promote citizen engagement, Odisha government has directed the departments to use social medial platforms for dissemination of information.

Naveen Patnaik

With this, all state government departments are soon going to use social media like Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Google search etc. to establish two way communications between the government and the citizens.

Chairing a high level meeting at secretariat today, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed all the departments to take appropriate actions for using social media. He said that the state government is committed to openness and responsiveness in governance. Underscoring the importance of social media in connecting to people, the Chief Minister said that the government, which functions at multiple levels, needs to have prompt interaction with people directly. He also advised to use precise and accurate information in social media.

A high level committee will be formed and a consulting agency will be engaged for the purpose.

While the IT department will work as the nodal agency, I&PR department will be the content manager for the purpose.

The meeting was attended by IT Minister Pranab Prakash Das, Chief Secretary AP Padhi, Development Commissioner UN Behera, IT Secretary, principal secretaries and secretaries of all the department.