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Narendra Modi town hall: The event marks two years of MyGov, the citizen engagement platform

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 6, 2016 11:38:17 pm
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In a first-ever townhall address to the nation by an Indian Prime Minister, PM Narendra Modi on Saturday made an emphatic point when he said he gets angry at those running ‘shops’ in name of cow protection and urged action against criminals donning garb of cow vigilantes. The event marks two years of MyGov, the government’s citizen engagement platform.

PM Narendra Modi also launched the PMO mobile app, which was developed with citizens’ ideas. This new app will allow mobile users to connect with website of the Prime Minister’s Office.

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

Union Minister of IT, Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad opened the day-long session.

Here are the highlights:

6:42 pm: PM Modi ends his speech.

6:41 pm: Modi says he gets angry at those running ‘shops’ in name of cow protection; wants action against criminals donning garb of cow vigilantes.

6:41 pm: We have so much diversity to attract people, we need to connect people to our heritage and attract tourism: PM Modi.

6:38 pm: Cows mostly die of eating plastic bags and these Cow rakshaks should urge people not to throw plastic on roads, this will be a big sewa: PM Modi.

6:35 pm: If ‘gau rakshaks’ want to help, they should prevent cows from eating plastic, that would be great help: PM Modi.

6:33 pm: ‘India first’ is central point of my foreign policy; also protecting India’s strategic and economic interest: PM.

6:31 pm: Indians settled abroad have their own strength & this plays a great role for India to connect with other nations: PM

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6:21 pm: We should follow ‘Khaadi for nation Khaadi for fashion’, this will boost our textile industry: PM Modi

6:16 pm: We want to popularise handloom, and very soon the rural economy will see a change: PM Modi.

6:15 pm: Through ‘Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana’, we will be able to provide adequate amount of water to the farmers: PM Modi.

6:12 pm: Farmer’s son becomes a farmer out of helplessness and not by choice: PM Modi

6:10 pm: Whatever is available to cities should be available to villages: PM Modi.

6:07 pm: Now Health Department is reaching out household to household to reach everyone: PM Modi

6:02 pm: We have introduced insurance in budget; so that the poorest of the poor receives good health care: PM Modi.

6:00 pm: So much money is spent on advertising about the importance of vaccinations, and even then so many children aren’t vaccinated: PM

5:59 pm: Tourism will boost our economy, we should try & drive our economy. If we achieve 8% growth rate for 30 years then, we will be at the top: PM Modi

5:58 pm: Economic growth of more than 8 per cent for 30 years will bring the best of the world to India: PM Modi.

5:49 pm: There had been apathy towards good governance, establishment of institutions, checks and balances, responsibility with accountability: PM Modi.

5:48 pm: I raise one issue but the whole system is addressed. We are taking few initiatives for good governance: PM Modi

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5:44 pm: Technology and good governance will benefit farmers. Most powerful thing in democracy is Grievance Redress System: PM Modi.

5:43 pm: The solution to lot of our problems lies in good governance: PM Modi.

5:42 pm: Every responsible person holding a position should be questioned. People should easily get what they want: PM Modi

5:41 pm: We want to develop good governance where processes are less and things get done easy for citizens: PM Modi

5:40 pm: Development and good governance should have a balanced relation, even for a small incident anywhere, PM is targeted: PM Modi

5:37 pm: If you don’t focus on good governance then the benefits won’t reach the common citizens: PM Modi.

5:32 pm: Swachh Bharat is a prime example of citizens’ participation: PM Modi

5:30 pm: I would like to thank citizens for connecting with me through MyGov: PM Modi

5:24 pm: Youth who developed PM Modi mobile app called on stage for felicitation by PM Modi.

5:16 pm: PM Narendra Modi launches PMO Mobile Application, an application developed with citizens’ ideas.

5:10 pm: PM Narendra Modi reaches Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium (Delhi) for ‘Townhall’, to interact with citizens.

4:29 pm: Social media has done great service: Arun Jaitley.

4:28 pm: It’s important that the final decision of the government, you should speak in one voice: Arun Jaitley.

11:45 am: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad spoke at the event.


The PM has asked people of India for suggestions for the address he will make on the occasion of Independence Day. This is the changing mood of India – digital democracy. MyGov is basically for those who think for the country and those who suggest for the roadmap ahead. Around 35 lakh people have come together on the MyGov platform. It’s great news: Prasad

24 lakh people have sent suggestions for Smart cities. 70,000 people have sent suggestions on the Union budget. This is good news: Prasad

I would like MyGov officers to make a note that achievements of ordinary people of India must be given a positive space on MyGov platform. This is my suggestion: Prasad

After PM Modi assumed office in 2014, within a short span of time, he launched the portal to set up a system where a regular citizen of the country could connect with the Prime Minister’s Office and share their ideas or suggestions for good governance. Since then, PM Modi has invoked MyGov on various occasions, including his monthly radio interaction ‘Mann ki Baat’ where he is heard asking for feedback from the people by accessing the website.

Chief Executive Officer of the website Gaurav Dwivedi said on Thursday that participants will be selected from the list of regular users on depending upon their ideas, level of engagement, questions and suggestions. Apart from discussion and interaction with PM Modi, the town hall participants will get to further contribute to the enhancement and development of government’s citizen engagement platform.

(With inputs from ANI)

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