Tihar Jail to be on Facebook, Twitter soon

It has decided to join social networking sites Facebook and Twitter in order to invite public opinion and improve transparency in its day-to-day functioning.

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2011, 18:53 PM IST

New Delhi: The Tihar Prisons in Delhi is the
latest to be bitten by the social networking bug.

It has decided to join social networking sites Facebook
and Twitter in order to invite public opinion and improve
transparency in its day-to-day functioning.

"DG Prisons, Neeraj Kumar has decided that we launch a
page on both social networking sites, Facebook and Twitter,
as early as possible. We are doing this to invite public
opinion and suggestions in order to improve our performance
and also update the masses about our day-to-day activities",
Sunil Gupta, spokesperson and law officer, Tihar Jail, said.

"Tihar is the most famous prison in the whole of
south-east Asian region. It is a role model for prisons in
other countries. Through Facebook, we will inform the public
about our new plans, initiatives and also make the users aware
about the existing activities being undertaken inside the
prison premises. We will invite suggestions, reactions and
views from people all over the country", he said.

Gupta said they will also tweet. "We cannot succeed
without the active participation and cooperation of the public
and that is why we chose the e-platform way", he said.

Amongst the government agencies to have joined these
social networking sites include the Delhi Traffic Police and
the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

Gupta said, "Our factory products like namkeen and
biscuits are now very popular among people in Delhi. We intend
to reach more people. That is why we have for the first time
opened a stall in the Surajkund Mela."

PTI