Bhubaneswar: The Web and Social Media has the potential to generate more than 5,000 direct jobs per annum for three consecutive years in Odisha in addition to the indirect job creation in sectors like tourism. In total, this new media can create more than 15,000 direct jobs over a period of three years in the state, this has been stated by Mr Sai Prasan, Founder Member, Janata Vikas Manch (JVM) here today.
While revealing the road map for the use of Web and Social Media for the development of Odisha, Sai Prasan told media persons here on Saturday (June 28, 2014) that the penetration of computers and the internet connectivity is very poor in the state. “More than half of Odisha is under darkness due to the absence of the electricity network in the state. The high load-shedding and the frequent fluctuation of the electricity is a major hurdle in the regular use of internet in the state which is hampering the growth of web and social media in the state”, he said.
The one day Workshop was organised by Janata Vikas Manch in Collaboration with CYSD, Bhubaneswar. At the One day Workshop titled: `Web and Social Media: A Tool For Networking, Advocacy and Resource Mobilisation’ held at CYSD, Bhubaneswar on June 26, 2014 (Saturday), Sai Prasan said that the Naveen Patnaik government should provide a good environment for the expansion of Web and Social Media which will help the Odia youth to develop and get jobs. He said that a large number of both governmental and non-governmental organisations do not have their own website. “Naveen Patnaik should direct all the state ministeries, departmental heads, University Vice-Chancellors, professional institutions and others to have their own organizational website within six months and they should incorporate and develop the social media tools within one year. Failing which the Chief Minister should take a stern action against them”, Mr Sai Prasan stated.
Mr Sai Prasan said that the Web and Social media tools will connect Odisha with the global world. And, it will also help the state to build a positive image in the world over. “Several states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and other states are using the Web and Social Media tools for the development of the state. Odisha government can also take a cue from these states,” he said.
Chairing the Inaugural session, Mr Jagadananda, Mentor and Co-founder, CYSD said. “Along with several other players in the social development sector, CYSD is committed promote innovative solutions to deal with the complex issues of poverty, social disintegration, and unemployment and livelihood opportunities; enabling interaction between men and women for greater gender equality, and influencing policies affecting the poor and marginalised”.
Mr Jagadananda said, “We need to connect with the young India as part of a state wide development education programme in order to develop a sensitive support system for an effective social mobilisation. Social media is an amazing tool to bridge the digital divide and move in that direction, to work for the eradication of poverty and disparity”, he said.
During the one day workshop, the participants have been trained on how to ensure a good and effective website. They have been educated on the use of Facebook and Twitter as a tool for the advocacy or social cause. They have been trained on the use of Mobile and its applications in reaching more people in the hinterland. Apart from other things, they have been thought on the mail campaigning and the use of Linkedin as a fund raising tool.