Pradhan tells Mahanagar Gas to 'tweet'

Vol 18, PW 2 (11 Sep 14) News in Brief

Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan wants Mumbai-based gas retailer Mahanagar Gas (MGL) to get online and start ‘tweeting’ on social media.

Pradhan was in Mumbai last month (August) to campaign for the BJP in forthcoming Maharashtra state elections, expected in October, but took time out to meet MGL. “Pradhan had a review meeting with us,” confirms a source.

“He said (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi wants to create a ‘digital India’ and was surprised we aren’t on Twitter or Facebook.” After the visit MGL rushed to sign up a Facebook account and made its first tweet on August 29, wishing its followers for the Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu festival.

Pradhan also wants MGL to expand its piped gas network and asked for confidential data on all potential household, business and factory customers. MGL’s new Facebook profile proudly boasts that 700,000 homes, 2300 factories and businesses are connected to its gas grid and that it sells CNG to 370,000 cars, auto-rickshaws and taxis.

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