Planning Commission Live On Social Media, Plans To Do A Hangout On #12thplan

From 11th March, 2013 The Planning Commission of India has created presence on Facebook, Twitter and on Google Plus. It has also planned to do a Google Plus Hangout on Friday, March 15th at 5 PM (IST)

These days the Indian government is striving to catch up with social media. Just a day before we had shared how AICC was planning to rope in Twitter celebrities like Shashi Tharoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Shabana Azmi to be the party’s brand ambassadors on social media. And today morning the below tweet from Tharoor said it all.

Established in 1950, Planning Commission is an institution in the Government of India, which is responsible for formulating India’s Five-Year Plans. Going by the times, the Planning Commission has decided to go to the common man and listen to his voice too. To implement the idea it has gone social from 11th March, 2013 and has created a presence on Facebook, Twitter and on Google Plus.

The Twitter account - which seems to be the only active one sharing original content- has already got more than 2700 followers. Along with its objective to reach out to people on social media, Planning Commission has planned to do a Google Plus Hangout on Friday, March 15th at 5 PM (IST), as reported by PTI at TOI.

The Hangout will witness the presence of Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Sam Pitroda and Members of the Planning Commission. The hour long session will discuss the various aspects of the approved 12th Five Year Plan. The report was approved by the country’s apex policy making body National Development Council headed by the Prime Minister and all Chief Ministers and Cabinet ministers on its board.

The Planning Commission has invited the citizens of India to its first Planning Commission Google+ Hangout and if you have any questions then you can post them along with the event hashtag #12thplan.  Meanwhile over the next few months, the Commission will share the contents of the 12th Five Year Plan on other networks.

Is it a path breaking idea? Well not really but at least it is good to see the Government making an effort to come to the citizens of India and try to create a dialogue. We recently saw Finance Minster P. Chidambaram doing the same on a Google Hangout where he tried answering some of the concerns raised for the 2013-14 union budget.

However, it would have been great had the Planning Commission initiated its social presence last year when the 12th plan was still a work in progress. Rather than the Twitter handle of @PMOIndia asking for suggestions, it would have made more sense for  @PlanComIndia to do it.