Source: News Bharati English05 Aug 2016 11:37:16

New Delhi, Aug 5: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will connect him directly with the citizens of the country through an innovative program of Town Hall on Saturday. The program is organized by Central Government’s citizen engagement MyGov to commemorate its second anniversary.

A new PMO app to enable mobile users to connect with the Indian Prime Minister's website will also be launched at the mega event.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday, MyGov CEO Gaurav Dwivedi said that the day-long event would feature multiple panel discussions and the concluding session will be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This will be a first Town Hall by an Indian Prime Minister.

He said that Modi would also launch new MyGov initiatives and distribute prizes to winners of MyGov contests. The events are being organized in keeping with the ‘Do, Discuss and Disseminate’ spirit of MyGov.

The first Town Hall will be held at Indira Gandhi stadium complex in the national capital. The event will be preceded by a series of panel discussions and sessions before the Prime Minister’s address.  

MyGov CEO Dwivedi said that the Prime Minister will share the concept of citizen engagement, and response to this participative initiative and how this platform is evolving.

He said a process is already on to short-list those who will get to interact with Modi. The speakers would be selected from among the regular users of MyGov, based on their ideas, level of engagement, questions, and suggestions, he added.

The townhall address will also see the launch of new MyGov initiatives and distribution of awards to winners of MyGov contests - Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat, Duties of a Citizen, Governance Quiz, and India-Africa Quiz.

Various ministers and senior government officials will be participating in the event to be inaugurated by the IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The program will be divided into four sessions.  

The first session “Do” will cover contests on design innovation, eGreetings as also volunteering, poll and survey functionalities of MyGov.Tthe second one “Discuss” will see officials and MyGov contributors in an interactive discussion on brainstorming ideas and sharing experiences.

The third session will invite fresh ideas for improving user experience, introducing new features for the platform and the panel for this includes social media representatives, MyGov users, Members of Parliament who contributed to MyGov, and senior officials of the Ministry of Electronics and IT, and NIC.

The fourth session will cover the “Disseminate” theme and focus on #TransformingIndia website, eSampark portal and MyGov live events as the channel of government communication with citizens.