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Here's why you must watch out for PM Narendra Modi's first-ever 'townhall' today

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 6 August 2016, 11:31 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the nation at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi on 6 August, in a first-ever townhall by an Indian prime minister.

PM Modi's session is expected to begin at 5 pm.

A new PMO app, which will enable mobile users to connect with the Indian Prime Minister's website, will also be launched at the mega event, which is being organised by MyGov - the government's citizen engagement platform - to mark its second anniversary.

The event will see participation from various stakeholders including Cabinet ministers, senior officers from Ministries and Departments, government organisations, representatives from the media, IT and social media industry and citizens who have participated in the MyGov initiatives.

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will inaugurate the event, which will comprise four sessions.

Town Hall as a concept is commonly used in the West among politicians as well as CEOs to interact with people directly.

The event will include a series of panel discussions and sessions in keeping with the 'Do, Discuss and Disseminate' theme of MyGov and the first ever townhall address by the Prime Minister.

"The Prime Minister will talk about the concept of citizen engagement, MyGov, the response to this participative governance initiative and how he sees the platform evolving," MyGov Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gaurav Dwivedi said.

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

The first session of the event 'Do' will cover contests on design innovation, eGreetings as also volunteering, poll and survey functionalities of MyGov while the 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 have 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.

-With inputs from agencies

First published: 6 August 2016, 11:31 IST