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GUWAHATI, May 23 � In a novel move aimed at making Guwahati a model city, especially by seeking participation of the young generation, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has now opened a �Facebook� account.

The idea is to facilitate public interaction and make them aware about various activities of the corporation.

Arguably a first-of-its-kind initiative taken by any government organization in the State, the Facebook account has already received an overwhelming response from facebookers across the capital city.

Scraps highlighting civic issues of the capital city were also seen posted in the popular social networking site.

�The underlining objective is to give GMC a modern look and to involve young population in the development works. As young people identify themselves easily with social networking sites like Facebook, we opted to give it a go,� GMC Commissioner Puru Gupta told The Assam Tribune.

The schemes undertaken by the corporation for the development of the city will also be available in the Facebook.

�Any person can visit the Facebook account and give suggestion to GMC and steps would be taken accordingly,� Gupta said.

GMC, an urban local body, comprises 60 wards covering an area of about 216 sq. km. It derives its functional mandate from the GMC Act.

�Public interaction, we feel, will get a new dimension with this initiative of GMC,� he added.

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GMC targets youths, opens Facebook account

GUWAHATI, May 23 � In a novel move aimed at making Guwahati a model city, especially by seeking participation of the young generation, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has now opened a �Facebook� account.

The idea is to facilitate public interaction and make them aware about various activities of the corporation.

Arguably a first-of-its-kind initiative taken by any government organization in the State, the Facebook account has already received an overwhelming response from facebookers across the capital city.

Scraps highlighting civic issues of the capital city were also seen posted in the popular social networking site.

�The underlining objective is to give GMC a modern look and to involve young population in the development works. As young people identify themselves easily with social networking sites like Facebook, we opted to give it a go,� GMC Commissioner Puru Gupta told The Assam Tribune.

The schemes undertaken by the corporation for the development of the city will also be available in the Facebook.

�Any person can visit the Facebook account and give suggestion to GMC and steps would be taken accordingly,� Gupta said.

GMC, an urban local body, comprises 60 wards covering an area of about 216 sq. km. It derives its functional mandate from the GMC Act.

�Public interaction, we feel, will get a new dimension with this initiative of GMC,� he added.

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