As it happened: PM Modi slams gaurakshaks at Townhall, says 'I am outraged'

Aug, 06 2016 IST

  • 18:48 (IST)

    PM ends his address at townhall

    PM Modi ends his address at townhall and thanks everyone for participating.

  • 18:46 (IST)

    Urging people not to throw plastic will be a big sewa: Modi 

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    Maximum number of cows die because of consuming plastic: Modi

    Cows don't die because of murder but from consuming plastic from garbage. People should stop throwing plastic if they really want to do gau-seva, says Modi.

  • 18:39 (IST)

    Spirit of social service is a part of our culture, says Modi

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    Mahatma Gandhi, Ambedkar, Patel should be our inspiration: Modi

    Baba Sahab Ambedkar should be an inspiration for everyone. Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhai Patel and infinite others have sacrificed something for the nation, says Modi.

  • 18:34 (IST)

    We have never seen our 'strengths' as 'strengths': Modi

    The various attires of Indian communities are our specialty. We should focus on what we have and other nations don't. Tourism is also connected with peoples' attitude, says Modi. 

  • 18:32 (IST)

    Tourism has boosted because of government's initiatives: Modi

    E-visas have helped boost tourism. We should use our tradition and culture to pull tourists, says Modi. 

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    Our foreign policy is only about India first: Modi

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    The Indian diaspora can help India's foreign policy: Modi

    Everyone is connected to each other. The Indian diaspora has a power and a respect. The diaspora has become more proactive and assertive now. It can play a role in connecting India to the rest of the world, says Modi.

  • 18:21 (IST)

    We can transform lives of our poor by spending just 5% on khadi: Modi

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    Handloom, textile and khadi sector has the power to employ a number of people

    After agriculture, textile and handloom sector has the power to employ people. I appeal to the people to buy a khadi product on every 2 October, says Modi. Today, Khadi is for nation and fashion. 

  • 18:18 (IST)

    They will become growth centre of rural economy: Modi

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    We have identified 300 places in Rurban mission: Modi

    Facilities available in urban areas should be available to the rural as well. We have identified 300 places as part of our 'rurban mission'. They can potentially become development centres. They will have the soul of a village but facilities of a city, says Modi.

  • 18:14 (IST)

    Water becomes a catalyst in a farm: Modi

    We are working towards making water available to farmers and their farms, says Modi.

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    Agriculture has the ability to give power to global economy, says Modi

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    We are moving towards insurance in health sector: Modi

    We are working towards 'health assurance' and not just 'health insurance', says Modi

  • 18:02 (IST)

    We should focus on preventive healthcare: Modi

    If we are able to deliver safe and pure drinking water, diseases will recede automatically. Be it yoga, exercise or eating habits, we have to focus on preventive healthcare. Second is, affordable healthcare, says Modi.

  • 17:59 (IST)

    Economic development should be constant, says Modi

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    Pushing tourism will help boost economy: Modi

    If thousands of tourists come to India, our cultural heritage will convert into economy. Taj Mahal is a source of income for so many people today. We should target to achieve a growth rate of more than 8% for the next three years. Indian manufacturers should target global economies, says Modi.

  • 17:52 (IST)

    India is among the fastest growing economies in the world: Modi

    Agriculture sector in India is under a lot of pressure. In spite of recession which has affected the entire world, India's growth rate is commendable and I want to congratulate all Indians, says Modi.

  • 17:50 (IST)

    Grievance redressal system should respond within a given time frame, says Modi

    The need of good governance is to address the complaints of every common man within a stipulated time frame, says Modi. "Good governance will solve most of our problems." 

  • 17:47 (IST)

    Good governance means redundant processes do not exist

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    Holding PM responsible for everything is good politically

    Holding PM responsible for everything that happens at every level in the nation, it can be good politically or for TRPs, says PM Modi. However, it is not good for the panchayats.

  • 17:43 (IST)

    Development and good governance should have a stable relationship

    "Good governance will benefit the common people only if it has a stable relationship with development. Good governance, people awareness and opinion makers are very important," he says.

  • 17:39 (IST)

    PM Modi addresses the first citizen question about good governance

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    Modi answers questions sent by citizens from all over India

    I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for associating with MyGov, says Modi. "Participatory democracy is the biggest need for a nation like India. It has been made possible only because of technology. Good governance is a bad politics," he adds.

  • 17:29 (IST)

    PM Modi launches PMO mobile app

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    PM Modi also felicitates winners of 'Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat'

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    PM Modi gets a picture clicked with Mann ki Baat contributors

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Indira Gandhi stadium

  • 16:34 (IST)

    The event, which marks the two-year anniversary of MyGov (the government’s citizen-engagement platform), is being held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi.

Union Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday inaugurated townhall to mark the two year anniversary of MyGov.in (the government’s citizen-engagement platform). It is being held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi.

"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 would be selected from among the regular users of MyGov, based on their ideas, level of engagement, questions and suggestions," he added.

Modi calls himself Pradhan Sevak and that reflects the people centric change in governance, Prasad said during his inaugral address. "Those who think for the country and work for its development have been given a platform to participate. It's our effort to connect with people directly in governance of India. In last two years we have added 12 Cr mobile phones in India," he added.

Our PM believes that we need to be both digitally and physically present, Prasad said.

Swachh mobile app and Swachh helpline were launched by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. "MODI means making of developed India," he said.

The townhall address will also see 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.