Highlighting the significance of social media at the ASSOCHAM conference, Javadekar said that the government had appealed to the people to give ideas, inputs and designs for our advertisement for August 15th and had received 1,470 entries from people and it was a huge success.
He also said that the name of recently launched Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), a scheme to financially empower the poor had also originated from an online contest.
"I am putting up another billboard on the website and please suggest me the name, contents and other ideas for DD-Kisan," said Javadekar while seeking ideas on the contours and content of the proposed Kisan TV to provide real time information on various agriculture related issues to farmers.
"Modi ji used the social media brilliantly to reach out directly to the people and communicate effectively, now our government is using the social media very powerfully and we'll continue to use it," said the Union Minister who also holds the Environment portfolio.
On the issue of freedom of the media, Javadekar said, "Media freedom has not come from free and therefore freedom of media entails responsibility also and that responsibility is what is to be really adhered to."
"I don't believe in controlling anything, it has to be a self-evolved mechanism," he added.
Talking about the immense reach of social media, the Union Minister termed social media as the medium of new generation essentially the youth and a medium of communication and empowerment of people that strengthens the democracy. "Now you can't stifle voices."
In his address at the ASSOCHAM conference, former minister of state for external affairs and human resources development, Dr Shashi Tharoor said, "Social media would broaden, widen and deepen the experience of participation in government on part of people."
"I believe that whether it is the UPA or the NDA we must use social media to engage more people in the processes of government," he added.
On completion of 100 days of the Modi Government, Dr Tharoor said, "100 days is far too soon to judge the work of the government and equally 100 days is too early to praise them also."
"We are yet to see any real results on the ground and that have changed the lives of ordinary people and I've not seen any significant decrease in the prices anywhere even though international petrol and diesel prices have gone down our prices are going up by 50 paise every month," he said.
"100 days is too soon a time to judge this government but we are yet to see any concrete achievements."
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