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Vajpayee inaugurates PMO website

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, JAN. 26. The Vajpayee Government symbolically joined the Internet Revolution today when the Prime Minister inaugurated a PMO Website. With this significant step towards transparency, Mr. Vajpayee declared that `India is on the move.'

To begin with, the website, http:/www.pmindia.nic.in, is essentially a compilation of basic data and information about the Prime Ministers, past and present, and about the activities of various wings of the Government. The website would be regularly updated and should become a source of much-needed information about ``the prime minister's initiatives.''

Any one wanting to know about the previous and present Prime Minister's important speeches, beginning with Pandit Nehru's historic `Tryst with Destiny' oration, can plug into the website. There is also useful information about functions of various functionaries; for the first time, there is information, for example, on what the Cabinet Secretariat does and what role the Prime Minister's Office performs.

For Mr. Vajpayee's literary admirers his poetry is available on the website; the lighter touch is available by clicking on `Cartoonists' gallery.'

Also, there is an `opinion poll' forum; instantly the Prime Minister's Office would know -or should be able to claim to know -about the popularity of this or that policy decision.

Mr. Vajpayee inaugurated the website at his residence this evening. He was flanked by two of his trusted Ministerial aides, the Information Technology Minister, Mr. Pramod Mahajan and the Information and Broadcasting Minister, Mr. Arun Jaitley.

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