It is reported that PMO under Dr Man Mohan Singh was using a twitter handle titled “@PMOIndia” which is sought to be frozen now as @PMOIndiaArchive and to be discontinued.
BJP has naturally raised a point that the handle should be passed on to the PMO under Mr Modi and cannot be treated as personal property of Dr Man Mohan Singh.
I am aghast at the ignorance of the officials who sought to appropriate the handle for the outgoing PM. It is clear that “PMOIndia” is an organizational name which cannot be used by you and me and can be used only by the official PMO of India. It would have naturally been maintained by officials who draw salary and remuneration from the Government of India. Obviously the handle “PMOIndia” is a digital property that belongs to the Government of India. Similarly all websites,Facebook Ids and email IDs in official names are properties of the Government of India and has to naturally pass onto the next Government.
The officials who thought that the handle can be retained by the erstwhile Government seem to be not aware of the concept of ‘Trade Mark” and deserve to be sent out of the responsible positions they are now in.
I am sure that the “Mauni Man Mohan” does not need a twitter handle and would be glad if it is taken over by Mr Modi’s PMO. Hope the officials will do the needful without further ado.