Hours after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and taunted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for asking bureaucrats to use social media to promote government schemes, Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani came to PM’s defence and trolled the Congress leader for his ‘over-rated’ tweet. Irani retweeted Rahul’s tweet by captioning it “Look who is talking about being over rated :-)”
Look who is talking about being over rated 🙂 http://t.co/5bOpFHTMj0
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) April 22, 2017
It all started when PM Modi on April 21, told country’s top bureaucrats on the occasion of Civil Services Day to take relevant decisions without fear and asked them to avoid usage of social media platforms for self-promotion. He said, “These days, I see district magistrates posting photographs of themselves administering vaccines at vaccination camps on Facebook. Social media should be used to promote the government’s schemes, not oneself. In fact, I noticed officers would constantly check their phones during meetings. So I have banned phones in my meetings.”
Taking a dig at PM Modi, Rahul on Saturday wrote, “Leading by example is clearly overrated.” PM Modi while speaking at the event yesterday also said that “If a decision is taken with honest intention, truthfulness and for the welfare of public, no one in the world can raise a finger at you. However, if something happens momentarily, you have my backing.”
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The Prime Minister asked bureaucrats to work as a team and transform the work mechanism in government offices and said that he has the political will to carry out reforms. “I do not lack political will. Maybe I have a bit extra,” he said. PM Modi during his speech yesterday PM Modi also highlighted a habit that he had seen bureaucrats indulge in which further hinders them working at their efficient best. PM Modi said, “I see officers, ‘busy, busy’ with their mobiles. So I have banned usage of mobiles in meetings.” As could be seen, the statement had an immediate impact on the gathering.