Friday 30 May 2014

I&B Minister Writes to Ministries to Come On Social Media Platforms through the Already Established Communication Hub

Minister for Information & Broadcasting Shri Prakash Javadekar has requested all Central Ministries to disseminate their policy initiatives through the Communication Hub under the existing New Media Wing of the Ministry of I&B. Firmly believing in prolific use of social media, the I&B Minister wrote to his Cabinet colleagues for utilising this Communication Hub as a one-stop place for social media outreach based on Hub and Spoke model. 

In his letter, he mentioned that each Ministry/department may liaise with the New Media Wing which will cater to all its needs i.e. disseminating information through packaging and placing of content, wider reach through variety of tools and response management. He further wrote that the two-way interaction envisaged in this endeavor would provide a 360 degree communication approach to the government and hence help in last man connectivity. 

This is in adherence to the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi who desires to use the social media platforms extensively for transparency and better governance. 

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Nirmala Sitharaman Assumes Charge as MOS (Independent Charge) Commerce and Industry FDI Issue to be Looked into in a Calibrated Fashion

Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman today assumed charge as Minister of State (Independent Charge) Commerce and Industry, here. 

Speaking to media persons after taking charge, Smt. Sitharaman said that “there’s lots of things happening in this Department which should be taken forward with greater enthusiasm given the impetus with which the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi would like the Department to function.” She added that she feels “very humbled” to have been given the responsibility. She emphasized that she “will give best of my time” to improve economic and commercial ties with India’s trading partners. 

Smt. Sitharaman said that she will work to “improve on Indian exports, and ensure that job opportunities emerge because that’s a very important plank on which we have contested the recent elections. The economic situation in this country demands that more jobs be provided for the young, talented, well-educated and even the semi-skilled and unskilled people of India.” 

On the issue of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), she said that there will not be a “blanket approach” for every sector, and that each and every sector would be looked in a “very, very calibrated fashion”. On FDI in multi-brand retail, she said that is “not best opened up now because the way in which medium and small sized traders or small farmers have not been adequately empowered… that immediately if you open up the floodgates of FDI in multi-brand retail, it may affect them.” 

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