Cabinet Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Goofs Up With Agricultural Produce Figures, Twitter Pounces On Him


On Sunday, Cabinet Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad -- who holds the important Law and Justice, and Information Technology portfolios -- took to Twitter to share the success of the e-NAM (National Agricultural Market) platform, a portal launched by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare to help farmers.

Among other things, the portal's services include information on commodity arrivals and prices, buy and sell trade offers, and provision to respond to trade offers.

While his intentions were all good and aimed at boosting the success of the Digital India campaign by highlighting the large volume of transactions that have taken place on e-NAM, the minister goofed up with the agricultural produce amount.

Twitter obviously had a field day correcting him and asking him to get his math right.

The minister later deleted the tweet. Here's the screenshot.

@rsprasad Please get people in your ministry to use a calculator, sir.

— Madhu Menon (@madmanweb) January 8, 2017

#DoYouKnow abt this joke of the new year

I thought @rsprasad would at least offer an apology for misinforming the nation

— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) January 9, 2017

5.4 Crore Per Tonne? #DoYouKnow what stuff @rsprasad is enabling through e-Nam Platform?

— Joy (@Joydas) January 8, 2017

Dear @rsprasad, the math doesn't quite add up. Did the farmers sell crops for Rs 54000+/kg on an average? Jumla, hai jumla.

[via @Vidyut]

— Truth Of Gujarat (@TruthOfGujarat) January 8, 2017


6.13 lakhs/1.13 lakhs = 54247 rupees per KG.

When you say agricultural produce, do you mean marijuana ?

— Raghu (@raghu99999) January 8, 2017

Rs.54247/ kg 🤑 kaunsi fasal khareed rahe ho sir? PM ki harkaton se toh charas lagti hai 😂

— Rofl Gandhi (@RoflGandhi_) January 9, 2017

How else did the mac come?

At normal rates, we would have heard of the 40% rise in farmer suicides

— Priyashmita Guha (@priyashmita) January 8, 2017

Isteefa babu @rsprasad apna Super calculation wala tweet delete kar diye, lekin screenshot chhod gaye.

— Rofl Gandhi (@RoflGandhi_) January 9, 2017

Not sure these are accidents. Lots of bogus news going around. Promote, then delete. Rest happens on WhatsApp, etc.

— Vidyut (@Vidyut) January 9, 2017

Prasad posted a new tweet stating the correct figures.

He wrote:

"Corrections in eNAM growth figures! So far 31.13lakh tonnes of agriculture produce of Rs.6130Cr. have been transacted on eNAM."

Corrections in eNAM growth figures! So far 31.13lakh tonnes of agriculture produce of Rs.6130Cr. have been transacted on eNAM.

— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) January 9, 2017

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