North Gazette News/Shimla
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday launched social networking site of Mandi district which can be accessed at https://facebook.com/dcmandi.
The social networking page is the brainchild of Deputy Commissioner Mandi, Sandeep Kadam. The Twitter handle is dcmandi which can be accessed at https://twitter.com/dcmandi.
Singh said that the present era of internet and social networking has emerged as crucial bridge between the government and the people.
He said that various social websites like Facebook, Twitter, You Tube were used as very powerful platforms for interaction, discussion and debates on several issues of public importance.
Looking at this potential of social networking sites, the district administration of Mandi has done a commendable job to launch its own integrated social networking site that includes Facebook, Twitter and You Tube as well.
This shall not only be used for disseminating information regarding several Government welfare schemes and development activities but can be beneficial for different Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), said he adding that further feedback can also be taken from people about the schemes and activities. The Chief Minister said that the biggest advantage is that all this can be done in real-time using social networking platform.
This initiative become more pertinent in the background that Smartphone’s have penetrated even into rural areas and social networking sites are available on all smartphones and can be used by youth for betterment, he said.
The Chief Minister congratulated DC Mandi for the initiative and said that this was a first initiative across Himachal Pradesh by any district administration and it was hoped that this initiative would go long way in promoting public participation, especially participation of youth in governance. He said that he hopes that all other districts would follow the process.
Chief Secretary P Mitra, Additional Chief Secretary, IT Upma Chaudhary, ACS VC Pharka, DC Mandi Sandeep Kadam, Director Urban Development Capt JM Pathania and other senior officers were present on the occasion.