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Govt wants to facilitate info flow on its policies via social media: Minister

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government wants to strengthen the Information and Broadcasting ministry's wing to facilitate flow of information on its policies and programmes through platforms such as and Twitter, the was informed today.

In a written reply to a question, for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said platforms are intermediaries under the Act, 2000 and are accordingly regulated under the act and the rules framed under it.

His response came to a question on whether the government had constituted committees over the last four years to suggest a framework to keep a watch on

"The government has not constituted any committee in the recent past specifically to suggest a framework to keep a watch on social media. However, an interministerial committee on 'Investment in Critical National Infrastructure, Digital Broadcasting and related issues' has been set up by the government in May, 2018," Rathore said.

Asked whether the government is hiring any to monitor the social media, he said, "The government proposes to strengthen the Wing of the to facilitate information flow regarding its policies and programmes through i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., which inter-alia, involves hiring of resource persons."

To another question on whether is planning to start programmes similar to 'Mann ki Baat' with the chief ministers of different states, Rathore said Prasar Bharati has informed that there is no such proposal under consideration as of now.

Forty-six editions of programmes on 'Mann ki Baat' were aired during the last four years, he said.

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First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 18:00 IST