VP asks guvs not to tweet on sensitive issues

VP asks guvs not to tweet on sensitive issues

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu with President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh during the second day of the Conference of Governors at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday asked the governors of the states not to air personal views or post on sensitive and political issues on social media sites.

Naidu said the Raj Bhavans are not parallel power centres and the governors should play the role of mentors in the development process.

He was addressing the valedictory session of the 49th Conference of Governors at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday.

The vice president also advised the governors not to hold press conferences, according to the Press Information Bureau.

Some governors, of late, have been triggering controversies.

Tathagata Roy, the governor of Tripura, had introduced himself as a "Right-wing Hindu socio-political thinker, writer, ideologue". Many of his posts on social media have triggered controversies.

Kesari Nath Tripathi, the governor of West Bengal, and Kiran Bedi, the lieutenant governor of Puducherry, were often quoted by the media for making critical remarks about the Trinamool Congress and Congress governments in their respective regions.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also addressed the governors.

Kovind said the Raj Bhavans must take the lead in adopting modern technology and methods.

By using a wide variety of IT initiatives, including real-time dashboards, Raj Bhavans could create a demonstration effect and motivate other institutions, he said

He also said that the governors could inspire universities towards "USR or University Social Responsibility".

The USR urges students to visit villages at regular intervals. They should engage with the residents of the village with regard to cleanliness, literacy, immunisation and nutrition programmes.

Governors could hold discussions with vice chancellors to make the 'Swachhta Internship' programme more effective, the President said.

The prime minister called upon governors to strengthen the 'Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat' initiative by promoting partnerships, cultural exchanges and people-to-people linkages among states.

He emphasised the need to build new ways to promote harmony and integration among the states.