New Delhi: After the government faced criticism for so-called censorship of Internet, a key advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sam Pitroda, on Tuesday took to Twitter to answer queries on how information can be "democratised".
"I firmly believe that information is the fourth pillar of democracy along with legislature, executive and judiciary," was Pitroda's opening remark during an online conference.
Twitter and other social networks are gaining popularity as media platforms for politicians to express their views on various issues. Recently, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had a live chat with people on 'Google Plus Hangout'.
"Information brings about openness, accessibility, transparency, accountability, networking, decentralisation and as a result democratisation," Pitroda tweeted using the #DoI handle.
Information is power and not many wish to share. Info is critical for development and needs to be timely available to people, he added. Pitroda has 28,611 followers on Twitter.
Batting for the UPA government, Pitroda tweeted that "UPA government has various plans to build robust Information Infrastructure to democratise information on a scale that has never been done before ... UPA government also has political will to make it happen."
He added that this will have far reaching implications on delivery of public services, governance, education, health and agriculture among other sectors. Pitroda said the public information infrastructure (PII) will include a national knowledge network, connecting 1,500 nodes for universities, colleges, research labs and libraries.
It will also connect 2.5 lakh panchayats in the country through fibre optics.