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Indian PM goes on Twitter

The Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s office made its debut on popular microblogging site Twitter on Monday.

The new media foray by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) comes in the wake of TV journalist Pankaj Pachauri taking over as communications adviser to the prime minister.

“The prime minister’s work should be in the public domain so that people know that the government is functioning for their benefit,” PMO sources said.

The Twitter account of the PMO will have regular updates on the prime minister’s programmes in near real time. “In future, there would be more information available immediately to the media,” the sources said.

The first tweets by the PMO were on the national awards for bravery function held at Singh’s official residence. It also had links to the prime minister’s speech made on the occasion and photographs of the event.