Moulin Parikh, DNA | Last Modified - Oct 19, 2011, 08:50 AM IST
Ahmedabad: Chief Minister Narendra Modi's interactive website, www.narendramodi.in will soon be a medium to report the irregularities that you see around. The website will have a new feature, which will encourage 'citizen journalism,' a concept where a common man can take up the role of a journalist. The website will not only allow users to report, but also post pictures and videos of an event.
"We are working on the new feature and it will be active in a month's time. The idea is to encourage citizens to come forward and report on the wrong doings that they spot," said, Hiren Joshi, officer on special duty to the chief minister on Tuesday.
Joshi was speaking at the Knowledge Sharing Summit (KSS) at Nirma University on 'Role of Digital Leaders and Bloggers in eGov 2.0'. He said that the chief minister takes active interest in the mails he receives and personally checks nearly 200 emails every day.
He also said that in the past attempts were made to hack the official website of the chief minister.
Rajesh Jain, one of the earliest Indian bloggers and a participant at the seminar said, "The government should be the servant and agent of the people. Its restrictive policies must be changed and those that are an infringement of privacy must be pushed back."
His suggestion about 'Open Data, Open Government' was supported by author of 'Transforming India,' Atanu Dey and Nikhil Pahwa, editor and publisher of medianama.com.
The speakers said that the government must be transparent and publish all its reports on the web for the people to refer.
"I have been filing RTIs for various reasons and receive selected replies. All the data other than the one relating to national security should be at our disposal. As citizens, it is our right," said Pahwa.
Meanwhile, the two-day International Conference on E-Governance (ICEG-2011) and KSS concluded on Tuesday.