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Facebooking and Tweeting added to the list of jobs under NREGA

12, Oct 2011 By Pagal Patrakar

New Delhi. Government has decided to add activities such as writing status updates on Facebook and Twitter to the list of jobs allowed under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), originally NREGA.

Though this has been ostensibly done to empower the rural youth and bridge the “digital divide” between the urban and rural India, experts believe that the central government is trying to counter anti-government activists on social networking websites through this initiative.

Sources tell Faking News that the government had been mulling for long over ways to control criticism in the online world. Taking a leaf out of the US government’s book, Government of India even tried to create fake profiles on Facebook and Twitter to propagate its views, but anti-government activists could spot the fake ones.

NREGA in Andhra Pradesh
NREGA candidates apparently being trained to tweet like hell

“This is when they decided to employ real people, and not bots, to fight the anti-government trolls,” Prasanna, a cyber-trolling expert alleged, “And they have done it cleverly by disguising it as employment for the rural youth.”

Although government officials declined to comment, Congress leader Digvijay Singh justified the decision of “paid tweeting”.

“I have documents to prove that those tweeting against Congress and the UPA government are being paid by the RSS and the BJP,” Digvijay Singh said, “We are paying them back in their own coin.”

When asked how the government could use taxpayers’ money to fund state propaganda, Digvijay Singh smiled and walked away.

While government is all set to launch the latest NREGA policy, many critics have raised questions over this being an “employment scheme”.

“It is true that Facebooking and Tweeting is for jobless people, but not for the unemployed,” Omkara Shukla, a rural opinion maker opined, “There is a thin line between being jobless and being unemployed – just like there is a thread like thin line between being bewaqoof and being chutiya.”

Omkara Shukla claims that the step announced by the government can’t be called an employment scheme as it would just transform the unemployed people into jobless ones.

“There appears a larger conspiracy,” Omi, as Omkara Shukla is fondly called, alleged, “It seems the government is trying to counter the bitter criticism it faces in the virtual world. Very soon we could see pro-government trolls fighting it out with anti-government ones.”

“The battle between bewaqoofs and chutiyas,” he explained.

Meanwhile the first batch of Facebookers and Twitterers are already being trained by the government, sources say. They are being taught key English phrases that win online debates, such as – “that doesn’t make any sense”, “lame argument by a lameass”, and “shut the fuck up”.