Prime Minister Narendra Modi has instructed 280 elderly lawmakers to get active on social media and use it to spread the word on the government’s achievements. As a result the lawmakers huddled around the younger people in Parliament’s central hall and took lessons on Twitter and Facebook, and on refreshing defunct accounts.
The PM even arranged for formal lessons, and he charged Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State Jitendra Singh to organise the tutorials.
Modi even embarrassed the lawmakers at the meeting when he asked them point-blank how actively they have used social sites to spread government policies and he added that 3.2 crore people have got loans under the Mudra bank Scheme; 3.18 lakh homes will soon get free LPG; rural electrification is reaching lakhs of homes, and the PM asked how many of his audience have gone public about these achievements. Just a few responded positively and the PM left them with a clear message that they should get active right away.
With 47 percent of lawmakers over the age of 55, the 16th Lok Sabha is the oldest ever, and most lawmakers over 50 believe social skills don’t necessarily include social media. An audit done on the PMs orders showed how the older lawmakers had failed to leverage social media.
Almost 2 crore people are followers of Twitter and 3 crore post likes on Facebook, with Modi leading the pack and his best performing ministers are Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath and Nitin Gadkari.
So the message is clear, ‘Sirs, better get with the programme!’.