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PM Modi’s Twitter handle for tours, speeches, updates only; not for complaints, says RTI

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When PM Modi’s household chorus is being looked after by the government staff, then his personal Twitter handle should also be looked after by the govt. staff, he argued.

New Delhi: The Office of the Prime Minister of India, in a reply to an RTI ,  said its official Twitter handle is not meant for entertaining the complaints or issues raised by the public. The PMO’s primary purpose of being on social media is to Tweet about his travels, speeches, and updates from Ministries, it said.

Interestingly, the claims of the PM regarding transparency were failed by his own office again. First, the activist was not given any reply. After the first appeal, the Office took 150 days to answer basic queries that could have been answered within 10 days, said the activist. 

The activist suggested the Office was reluctant in revealing the details. This information received by the RTI activist Dev Ashish Bhattacharya as reply to his queries related to the official (@pmo) and personal (@narendramodi) Twitter handles of the PM Narendra Modi opposes the flagship Digital India campaign launched by the NDA government.

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Despite very regular activity on both the Twitter handles, the PMO said it does not have any designated staff to look after them.

The activist has questioned the functioning of the handle after several of his Tweets, in which the official as well as personal handles of the PM were tagged, were not attended. The activist argued that while he received a positive response from the Twitter handles of other cabinet ministers about the grievances and issues raised by him, the PMO did not even bothered to respond to them.

 The dream of digital India of the PM Narendra Modi is being demolished in his own office,

said the activist.

I used to take in loop the official and personal handles of the PM in my Tweets relating to various administrative lapses since long because I had a nice experience with respect to the Twitter handles of Suresh Prabhu (@sureshprabhu) and Sushma Swaraj (@sushmaswaraj). Everytime I looped in them for any query the response came at once,

the activist added.

Disappointed by the indifference shown by the PMO towards his Tweets, the activist sought information from the Chief Public Information Officer (CPIO) regarding the operation of the handles through an RTI application on May 03, 2017.

The activist sought the following information:

  • Who monitor the Twitter handle of PMO India and Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)?
  • How many Tweets were received by the PMO and personal handle of the PM Modi from Dev Ashish Bhattacharya (@rtidab) during last 15 days?
  • What action was taken on these Tweets from his Twitter handle @rtidab?

On June 7, the activist said, the CPIO of the PMO sent an interim reply stating that his RTI application was being processed by the PMO and the information shall be sent to him as soon as possible.

He waited till the end of July for a response that did not arrive. Then he filed the First Appeal on August 24 to the First Appellate Authority.

On his appeal, the First Appellate Authority of the PMO on August 10 directed the CPIO to release the information within 15 days.

I received the sought information on 13 October 2017 – after 150 days against the stipulated period of 30 days,

he said. 

The information provided by the PMO said that the personal Twitter handle of the PM is not maintained by the PMO or Govt. of India.

The reply further said there is no designated officer to handle the PMO’s social media presence.

The PMO primarily uses the official Twitter handle to disseminate news on PM’s travels, speeches and various updates received from various Ministries/Departments only, and that no complaints etc. are entertained on the official handle, said the Office in the reply.

The PMO further said that only the concerned officer dealing with the subject provides the inputs. For complaints, the Office said there are separate online portals to submit complaints/grievances. 

The activist argues that if there is no designated officer in the PM Office to handle the official Twitter account, then who updates or posts the inputs received from various Ministries and Departments.

When the Twitter accounts of other Ministers are responsive on various issues raised by the citizens, then why the Twitter account of the PMO is non-responsive, asks the activist.

Modi is the full time PM of India, and his personal Twitter handle cannot be an isolated private entity. When his household chorus is being looked after by the government staff, then his personal Twitter handle should also be looked after by the govt. staff, he argued.

Further, the activist said the CPIO gave a simple response to his RTI queries, which should not have taken more than 10 days.  He questions such unusual delay in responding to the RTI.

The activist concluded that this delay might have resulted due to time taken to manipulate facts.

However, in totality, the information provided by the CPIO of the PMO after 150 days seems to be a cover up, and it seems that the PM Modi does not know about this matter, said Bhattacharya.

The activist expressed doubts that the relevant issues and complaints are deliberately ignored by the PMO on social media.   

The PMO is, it seems, knowingly creating a one way conversation through the personal and official Twitter handles of the PM in order to remain out of touch from the sentiments of the citizens of India,

said the activist.

 

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Pension Adalat in Himachal to be Conducted on August 23 to Address Grievances

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Pension Adalat in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-The Pension Adalat in Himachal Pradesh would be conducted on August 23, 2019, with a view of addressing the grievance of the pensioners, informed a spokesperson of Department of Personnel today.

The announcement came in compliance with the decision of the government of India to conduct the Pension Adalat throughout the country by each Ministry/Department/Organisation/Field formation on the same date.

The objective of this day is dedicated to Pensioners as part of good governance and efforts made to minimize their grievances, he said.

He said that in view of the above, it has been decided to conduct the Pension Adalat on August 23, 2019, under Chairmanship of Special Secretary (Personnel) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh in his office chamber Room No. 223 Armsdale Building. HP  Secretariat at 10.30 AM.

 

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Facebook Account of CM Jairam’s PSO Hacked, Pro-Pakistan, Anti-National Content Posted on Timeline

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HP CM's PSO Facebook Account Hacked

Shimla-Facebook account of the personal security officer of the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, Tavender Thakur, was reportedly hacked by an unknown person. The hacker reportedly posted anti-national and pro-Pakistan content including ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans on the timeline.

It was reported that calls containing objectionable language and life-threats to the Prime Minister Narender Modi were being made through messenger to people in the friend list of the PSO.   

The Cyber Crime Unit of the police is investigating the case. However, Tavender reportedly had no knowledge regarding it. According to available information, Tavender belongs to Seraj constituency of Mandi district.

The screenshots of the content posted on the timeline were being circulated on social media. It created a stir at the Chief Minister’s Office.

The Superintendent of Police, Ompati Jamwal, has confirmed the report of receiving this complaint from some officials of the department. More details are awaited.

The Chief Minister, when asked regarding this news, said that by misusing technology an attempt is being made to create a conspiracy. He said the case has been forwarded to the Cyber Crime unit and culprits behind this hacking would not be spared.  

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Monsoon in Himachal: Over 300 Tourists Stranded as Untimely Snowfall, Heavy Rainfall Disconnect Lahaul-Spiti

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Tourists standed in Lahaul Spiti

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, on Monday, informed that state has recorded highest ever 102 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours.

The earlier record was that of August 2011 when the state recorded 74 mm of rains, but this record  was broken this year. Shimla, Bilaspur, and Hamirpur have reported extremely heavy rains, informed Manmohan Singh, IMD Director.

While Naina Devi recorded the highest rainfall at 360 mm, Shimla recorded 153 mm of rainfall.

Snowfall, Rainfall Disconnect Lahaul-Spiti, Over 300 Tourists Stranded

Lahaul and Spiti district and Keylong have also recorded snowfall on Saturday and Sunday.

Agriculture Minister and Lahaul-Spiti MLA Dr Ram Lal Markanda visited Lahaul-Spiti on Monday to take stock of the situation. He said that over 300 tourists were trapped between Gramphu and Kaza as the National Highway was blocked. He said efforts would be made to rescue these tourists on a priority basis.

He said Lahaul-Spiti has received as much as six centimetres of snowfall, which has disconnected the district from rest of the state completely.

He further informed that heavy rain and snowfall has inflicted severe damage and Manali-Leh road and Gramphu-Sumdo road were blocked at several places. These blockages have resulted in the standing of tourists in Chandratal, Baralacha, Batal, and various other parts of Spiti. However, he said, all the tourists were safe. Media reports, on the other hand, said that one tourist died in the district. 

He said 127 tourists, who were stranded at Chandratal, have been rescued safely and brought to Kaza.

He further informed that due to a shortage of machinery with BRO, private machines have been deployed to restore the road connectivity. As many as 11 private JCBs have been deployed.

He further informed that farmers are facing loss as they are not able to transport their crop of peas to markets. Also, snowfall and heavy rain have destroyed crops in several places. He said the assessment of the damages would be done as soon as possible and a report of it would be sent to the state government.

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