Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently participated in a Townhall meeting to connect with the citizens and even launched a PMO app for this purpose. But his ‘friend’ and the US President Barack Obama seems to have gone a step ahead. While PM Modi seldom involves himself in a direct communication with people of the country, President Obama has been reading 10 letters from the US citizens and responding as well. This is a tradition continuing in the US since the time of Thomas Jefferson. Over the years, the White House has adopted new technologies to connect with people. For instance, White House started taking calls in the 1880 and allowed people to submit online messages as early as in 1994. Now, in addition to postal letters and e-mails, the US citizens can now connect with the President via Facebook with the help of a newly launched White House Messenger bot.
Though President Obama has provided the US citizens another means to connecting with him, it doesn’t mean PM Modi is any way behind in his citizen outreach initiatives. Apart from the recently launched PMO app, PM Modi connects to citizens every month through the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme. Besides, the MyGov.in platform allows people to share their ideas and also contribute in the creation and design of several government apps, logos as well as policies. However, one still wonders if PM Modi will like to have a similar bot like President Obama’s for himself. Fingers crossed!