Govt turns to Hangouts to answer citizens’ questions

Arvind Panagariya, vice chairman of Niti Aayog and Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, will host Google Hangouts for the two consecutive days and it will be done in collaboration with MyGov platform.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Published:February 29, 2016 12:49 am

After having used the social network platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to propagate its decisions and initiatives, the government will now use “Google Hangouts” — a communication platform, to interact with citizens on March 2 and 3 to explain what the Budget 2016-17 means to the common man.

A government source confirmed that in a first of its kind initiative, top officials at Niti Aayog — the premier think tank of the government — will interact with citizens over Google Hangouts.

Arvind Panagariya, vice chairman of Niti Aayog and Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, will host Google Hangouts for the two consecutive days and it will be done in collaboration with MyGov platform that aims to connect people with the government & contribute towards good governance. The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi had launched MyGov platform in July 26, 2014, which is a citizen-centric platform and that aims to connect people with the government.

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On Google Hangouts, Panagariya will unfold the intricacies of Union Budget and explicate its real impact on various crucial sectors of the economy at 3:30 pm on March 2, 2016, while Kant will talk about what the Budget spells for key policies of the government and its bearing on employment generation, investments and economic growth in India at 3 pm on March 3.

During the interaction, both Kant and Panagariya would also take questions from the viewers directly. Traditionally, the finance minister responds to queries and provides more details on the budget during his interviews or interactions with media that follow the Budget presentation. However, this sort of interaction with the public was never conducted by the government where the citizens could interact and seek responses to their queries directly.

The talks can be accessed, on March 2 and March 3, on http://www.niti.gov.in and on the MyGov portal— http://www.mygov.in/home/talk/. While viewers may directly ask their questions during the interaction, they can also pose their questions in advance through NITI Aayog’s Twitter and Facebook page, and directly on the MyGov.in portal.

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