Posting Dilemma

It remains to be seen if the minister will go the whole hog and also join the Twitter.

Published: October 21, 2013 12:47:54 am


EVEN though his ministry — Ministry of Information Technology — is mandated to oversee the functioning of the online world,Kapil Sibal,who is also the Law Minister,does not have personal online presence so far. But,this could change soon. The minister is all set to have his own website,which will have material about,among other aspects,his work as a lawyer. However,it remains to be seen if the minister will go the whole hog and also join the Twitter. But considering the online abuse that many Congress leaders who are present on Twitter have to suffer at the hands of right-wing trolls,there are many who don’t think Sibal will get a Twitter handle.


Union Law Secretary B A Aggarwal,who is on a contractual appointment since his retirement,has been making all-out efforts to get a post-retirement job. Now,his wish has finally been fulfilled,with a selection committee selecting him for the post of member of Central Administrative Tribunal. However,while Aggarwal has time till October 28 to take up his new assignment,he is trying to seek an extension in joining time. The reason is not difficult to guess: his place of posting in CAT is Chandigarh while he is also in the shortlist for the job of Central Information Commissioner,which is located in Delhi. However,despite his efforts,he may not get more time as there is uncertainty as to when the CIC selection would be finalised.


Top post of director general of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) may go to 1977 batch IPS officer from Assam-Meghalaya cadre Subhas Goswami. The post is lying vacant for past one and half months after the retirement of Ajay Chadha. It was first speculated that Sanjeev Dayal,another 1977 batch IPS officer of Maharashtra cadre will take over as DG but after Dayal refused the top job,the Ministry of Home Affairs is learnt to have processed the application of Goswami,who was presently posted as director of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad. Goswami is likely to be replaced by P N Dixit,a 1977 batch IPS officer of Maharashtra cadre,as director of NPA.


Announcing candidates for elections early and before your main opponent has its pitfalls as well,the Congress seems to have realised. The grand old party,which has a reputation of announcing candidates for elections at the eleventh hour,surprised many by coming out with the first list of 17 candidates for the Chhattisgarh Assembly polls last Friday,a week after the election schedule was announced. While it may have hoped to secure the early bird advantage,the fallout was that the BJP managed to poach a couple of Congress leaders who could not secure the ticket. Now the Congress has decided to delay announcement of the second and final list and wait for the BJP to come out with its list to ensure that none of their rebels switch sides.


While the Army was the first to make its debut on the social media by getting official presence on both Facebook and Twitter,the Navy followed this week by opening its first official Twitter handle @INSpokesperson. Though it has been a bit slow to catch on with less than 2,000 followers,as official accounts are sometimes in the beginning,it has already been ‘verified’ by Twitter as a genuine account,following the example of the Army. Strangely,the Air Force still seems reluctant to get on to the social media and does not have such a presence on the Internet yet. This,when the Air Force has always been considered to be the most technologically advanced of the three armed forces.

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