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Go Digital mantra for rural CPI(M) workers in Bengal

Party wants seamless and quick flow of information on any attack on its party members/supporters throughout the state by ruling party supporters.

kolkata Updated: Oct 13, 2016 09:33 IST
Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Hindustan Times
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File photo of joint campaign by CPI(M) and Congress at Narayangarh during the assembly polls. The main challenge of the Left is to protect their grassroots-level workers from the ruling party supporters. (HT Photo)

CPI(M)’s classes for its grassroots-level comrades will now go beyond the boundaries of communist ideologies.

The focus would be Go Digital with the aim of educating rural workers.

Many leaders of the party are regular users of Facebook, Tweeter and Whatsapp, but the party wants the rural workers adopt the culture too so that flow of information among the party members and supporters become fast and seamless.

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Rural workers would be taught how to utilise the cyber world and social networking sites to enable quick flow of informarion and conduct quick and efficient propaganda against the ruling Trinamool Congress.

According to party sources, the leadership wants grassroots members at local and branch committees to be updated about the usage of social networking sites.

CPI(M) leaders such as general secretary Sitaram Yechuri (in the middle) are regular users of social media. But will he be able to spread the culture vertically down the party, especially in the rural areas? (HT Photo)

“Since the results of the 2016 Assembly elections were announced, there had been a series of attacks on our party activists and their family members. Several party offices have been closed down or captured by the ruling party. Many houses of our party members have been burnt down. A major part of the incidents remain unreported since many grassroots-level workers are not comfortable with the cyber world or social networking,” a member of the party’s state committee told HT.

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“Our party wants grassroots-level members to update themselves. In case of any such incidents, photographs can be clicked and immediately uploaded through social networking sites,” the CPI(M) leader added.

The party’s new generation comrades, who are savvy with mobile phones and social networking sites, will be responsible for training their counterparts in rural Bengal.

“Generally, the leadership wants all grassroots-level members to update themselves digitally. But for whole-timers, possessing smart phone with Internet connection and attending digital training will be mandatory.

Having accounts in social networking sites like Twitter or Facebook will also be mandatory for whole-timers. The party is specially banking on its students’ wing, SFI and youth wing, DYFI to make their digital training programmers successful,” the state committee member said.

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Besides uploading the events of attacks on the workers and party offices, the grassroots-level members are also expected to upload different public programmes undertaken by the party at different levels.

“For example, any party initiative in rescue and relief operations in case of any emergency situation can be uploaded through these social networking sites. And since this cannot be done centrally, we are emphasising that grassroots level workers, especially in rural Bengal, get updated digitally,” the state committee leader said.

First Published: Oct 13, 2016 09:33 IST