Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan have become a hit on social video-sharing portal YouTube ever since the President’s secretariat redesigned its official website by including links to social networking sites.

The redesigned website (www.presidentofindia.nic.in), which was inaugurated by Omita Paul, Secretary to the President, has included social networking site Facebook to connect to the netizens.

Mughal Gardens, which has so far 334 hits in less than a week, has been so far the most popular topic on YouTube that also has seven other videos.

The Mughal Garden video, which is runs approximately 3.08 minutes, showcases the Central pavement which is covered with Rose creepers, Petrea, Bougainvillea and Grape Vines.

The other videos on the YouTube feature swearing-in ceremony of Pranab Mukherjee as the President, forecourt view of Rashtrapati Bhavan, meetings with para sports personnel and guard of honour at the forecourt of the President’s House.

After the Mughal Garden clip, the second most watched video (224 views so far) is the one which features Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tukki meeting the President.

On the Facebook social networking page, 55 pictures have been posted so far since July 26 with more than 2,100 people ’liking’ it so far. These pictures are of call-on meetings by various Governors, Chief Ministers and foreign delegations besides children tying ‘rakhi’ to Mukherjee.

The new website also has a video gallery. Citizens can connect to the President directly by clicking the button ’Write to the President’, which will take them directly to the helpline portal. Visuals have been conceptualised and made user friendly.

With an aim to ensure to keep the website in line with the best global practices, Paul, after inaugurating the redesigned portal, had expressed hope that it would be a step forward to bring the President closer to the people.

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