Known for his direct engagement with citizens through social media, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will answer questions from people who have been active users of mygov.in — a citizen-to-government interactive and participative governance portal with over 35 lakh users — at the first-ever town hall meeting scheduled on Saturday.
“In a first-of-its-kind initiative, citizens from various corners of the country will get to interact with the Prime Minister,” Gaurav Dwivedi, chief executive of mygov.in, told FE. The Prime Minister has overall given 90-minutes’ time, during which he will take questions from about 8-10 active users for 30 minutes, he said.
The day-long town hall is being organised on Saturday at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi, and about 2,000 people, including citizens, bureaucrats and officials are scheduled to attend it.
The event will begin with an address by information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, while Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to give the closing remarks of the evening, and will take questions from users as well as give away awards to citizens who have won various contests hosted through mygov.in, an official statement said.
The day-long event will follow the theme of ‘Do, Discuss, Disseminate’ with multiple sessions. The first one will be on the subject ‘Do’ which will cover contests on design, innovation, e-greetings and online volunteerism, poll and survey functionalities of the portal. Officials from various ministries who have hosted such contests will interact with the participants during this session.
In the second one centred on ‘Discuss’, bureaucrats and citizens will brainstorm on ideas and issues as well as share their experiences with the larger audience. During the third session, officials from mygov.in will seek fresh ideas to improve the portal, on new features that could be added, and engaging a larger user base.
In the final and fourth session, covering ‘Disseminate’, the government will unveil a new micro-portal called transformingindia.gov.in, eSampark, and MyGov live events, as a new and “primary method of structured communication with citizens,” the statement said.
This would be the second time that PM Modi would interact with citizens who have given valuable suggestions on governance and policies to the government through mygov.in. He had earlier met some of them on the sidelines of the Digital India event last July.
The online portal mygov.in was launched by the PM on July 26, 2014, in a move to involve citizens in framing policies through what is called participatory governance.
Till date about 35.2 lakh people are registered on the portal and about half of them have given valuable suggestions in forming policies, including the latest civil aviation policy. Earlier this year, the portal found mention in both the Union Budget and Railway Budget, when inputs of some of the participants were included in the government’s official announcements.
PM Modi uses the portal’s active audience seeking their view on governance issues, to his monthly radio show ‘Mann Ki Baat’ and more recently he has called in for suggestions and views to be incorporated in his Independence Day speech on August 15.