The new appointment was part of a major cabinet reshuffle led by the Indian President on the recommendation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Ashwini Vaishnaw, a native of Jodhpur and a former alumnus of IIT Kanpur and Wharton Business School, was recently appointed as the new Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology. In his early days as minister, Vaishnaw held some review meetings and also gave an indication of how to deal with the Information Technology Rules (Broker Policy and Digital Media Code of Ethics) 2021 and its various requirements. This ongoing report from MediaNama will from now on document key policy statements / announcements made by the Cabinet Minister:
July 7, 2021: Vaishnaw takes the lead
Former IAS officer and Wharton Business School graduate Ashwini Vaishnaw will serve as Minister in the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), the Department of Communications and the Ministry of Railways.
Today he took over the leadership of the Minister of Communications in Sanchar Bhawan. pic.twitter.com/BPQYyDxNVG
– Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) July 8, 2021
July 8, 2021: The law of the land should be obeyed by everyone: Vaishnaw
After taking responsibility, Vaishnaw spoke. with media representatives says, “The law of the country should be obeyed by everyone. ”This statement comes amid a scramble between the Indian government and Twitter over the IT rules 2021. Vaishnaw’s predecessor and Lok Sabha MP RS Prasad was unwavering in his stance and criticized the social Media platform several times for non-compliance with the rules. Vaishnaw also met RS Prasad on the same day, along with the newly appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications, Devusinh Chauhan.
– Devusinh Chauhan (@devusinh) July 8, 2021
July 9, 2021: Review meeting on Digital India
Vaishnaw is holding a review meeting on the Digital India program along with newly appointed Minister of State in MeitY Rajeev Chandrasekhar and other officials. This comes almost a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a virtual event at the end of six years of Digital India, said data and demographic dividends, along with tech skills, represent a tremendous opportunity for the country.
Conducted an introductory meeting and reviewed the Digital India program and key programs below @GoI_Meity together with my colleague Sh @rajeev_mp With @ SecretaryMEITY and other officers. pic.twitter.com/fBkfEkZFZv
– Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) July 9, 2021
July 10, 2021: Review meeting on C-DAC
Vaishnaw is holding a review meeting for the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) with the newly appointed Minister of State in MeitY Rajeev Chandrashekhar. The CDAC is responsible for starting IT-related research, creating cyber awareness, etc. Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary of MeitY, was also present at the meeting.
Today with my colleague Shri. made a review meeting @rajeev_mp about CDAC and its progress on the National Supercomputing Mission and other programs and services with @ SecretaryMEITY and other officers in @GoI_MeitY pic.twitter.com/ws8rWtwW7o
– Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) July 10, 2021
July 11, 2021: Vaishnaw’s first post on Koo about IT rules
Vaishnaw joins the Koo social media platform. In its first update on the platform Vaishnaw, who was the first to announce compliance with the IT rules 2021, said: “Checked the implementation and compliance with the IT rules 2021 together with my colleague Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar ji. These guidelines empower and protect users and ensure a safer and more responsible social media ecosystem in India. ”Koo has often been positioned as a competitor to Twitter. After Nigeria recently banned Twitter in the country, the country opened an official account on the Indian-made social media platform.
July 12, 2021: Prasad’s message to Vaishnaw
Former Union IT minister and MP for Lok Sabha RS Prasad praised Vaishnaw for his comments on IT rules on Koo and mentions that Twitter has taken steps to comply with IT rules. During the recent hearing of the Amit Acharya vs. Twitter in the Delhi High Court, the social media platform assured the court that it would shortly make the necessary appointments in accordance with the IT rules 2021 officer.
Greetings to the new IT minister @AshwiniVaishnaw for the emphatic affirmation that the new IT rules serve to strengthen the security of users against abuse and to eliminate their complaints. We assure you that Twitter has also taken some steps to comply with the new rules.
– Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) July 12, 2021