YouTube to host first post-budget interviews of Jaitley, Prabhu

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 17, 2015 23:24 IST

Finance minister Arun Jaitley and railway minister Suresh Prabhu will give their traditional interviews after presenting their budgets on YouTube this time, a move in line the with the government's efforts to step up its social-media outreach. The ministers will also take live questions on Twitter.

The information and broadcasting ministry has begun using a combination of social media platforms including 'YouTube', 'Twitter' and 'Facebook' to hold 'Talkathons', which it plans to utilise for the post-budget interviews.

Talkathons was held as an experiment at the International Film Festival of India in Goa last year. The first Talkathon was organised by the ministry on Monday for power minister Piyush Goyal. The budget interviews will be conducted by state broadcaster Doordarshan.

"The ministry had first held Talkathons at the International Film Festival of India last year, where interviews of eminent people were streamed live online on 'YouTube', and questions were posed to them by people in real time on Twitter and Facebook," an official said.

In a step towards the government's efforts to embrace technology, Cabinet secretary Ajit Seth has also called upon all secretaries to use video conferencing facilities regularly.

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