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Bihar: Nitish Kumar government asks districts to ramp up social media presence

Officials concerned have been asked to remain active on these platforms and take initiative to increase number of 'followers'

PTI Patna Published 22.05.23, 05:19 AM
Nitish Kumar.

Nitish Kumar. File photo

The Nitish Kumar government in Bihar is intent on improving its social media presence and districts with negligible activity on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter are getting a rap on the knuckles.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the “not up to the mark” performance by certain districts in improving their social media presence, the Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD), has directed officials concerned to pull up their socks and highlight the achievements and welfare measures of the Bihar government on different social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.


Officials concerned have also been asked to remain active on these platforms and take the initiative to increase the number of “followers”.

“Efforts should be made by district PRD officials to reach out to everyone and every social section by increasing the number of followers on the social media platforms of their respective districts”, said the minutes of a session recently held by the IPRD department.

The minutes, accessed by PTI, flagged a decline in the social media outreach of Araria where the number of followers on the district administration’s Twitter handle dropped “from 12,899 in March 2023 to 11,009 in April 2023”.

Besides, districts like Siwan and Jamui, despite adding nine and seven followers, respectively, during the same period, did not still have their total numbers in double digits.

Other districts called out for adding a less than satisfactory number of followers were Aurangabad (11), Sheohar (17), Madhepura (25), Lakhisarai (27), Kishanganj (55), Sheikhpura (64), Bhojpur (64), Arwal (67), Sitamarhi (68), Khagaria (74) and Madhubani (87).

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