Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on June 8 reiterated his call to all politicians in the state – especially ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs and party workers – to be active on social media and reach out to the people.
Khandu said that the social media can be utilized to the optimum to create awareness on government’s policies and programs and also highlight the government’s achievements.
Speaking at a workshop on social media, organized by the state BJP IT Cell in Itanagar, Khandu said that the social media is a two-way interactive medium where people in government and party receives feedbacks from the people upon which they can work to further improve their performances.
“Social media has changed the very definition of communication. Today everyone is on one or the other social media platform and these platforms have become the best and strongest mediums of communication with the people,” he pointed.
He said that smartphones have become a necessity in today’s world as it has gone beyond its boundaries of mere voice calls and short messaging services (SMS). Mobile phones, he said, which are 24X7 with the user, have become the means of communicating and interacting with multiple number of people at one go.
“The best part of social media for us is that we can show to the people what we are doing, what we have done and what we want to do in real time. Our MLAs, ministers and MPs work a lot. They tour interiors places in their constituencies, they oversee works being implemented, take review meetings with officers, launch new and innovative programmes but people in rest part of the state or the country are not aware of these. They can now highlight their efforts on social media and also get feedbacks from the people,” Khandu observed.
He asserted that it is impossible today to run away from the invasion of IT and its progeny – social media – therefore, the best thing to do is to use it to the best of advantage.