India's Tech Savvy Prime Minister Does Not Have An Official Email ID

05/03/2015 10:14 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Apparently India's tech-savvy Prime Minister doesn't have an official email ID.

In reply to a query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, Narendra Modi's office has confirmed that he does not use an official email address, but can be contacted via a link on the PMO's official website.

Chhattisgarh-based India CSR Group's Rusen Kumar, who had filed the RTI request, told The Times of India that he was surprised when he got the RTI reply, which directed him to a link for sending information, feedback, suggestions, or complaints to Modi.

"I am surprised. The Prime Minister of the world's largest democracy does not have an email id," Kumar told TOI. He also claimed that the link to contact Modi wasn't user-friendly. "To use this url, a visitor has to first create an account. This is a lengthy process," he said.

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