Speaking after inaugurating the new building of Central Information Commission, the PM said,’I feel that an empowered citizen is the strongest pillar of India Democracy. In the last four years, you have seen how the NDA government at the Centre has in the last four years, made efforts to empower and inform citizens through various efforts.’
The PM said that instead of following a one dimensional approach his government was working on the concept of an information highway. ‘There are many instances in history of information being used as a one way channel with dangerous consequences. This is why our government rather than follow a one dimensional approach, works on the concept of an information highway,’ he said.
He said the government was working on five pillars of the information highway – Ask, Listen, Interact, Act, and Inform. ‘ We are doing everything to provide real time information to the people on the projects govt is doing,’ the Prime Minister said.
Talking about the pillars, he said, ‘If one talks about the first pillar ‘Ask’, then all the questions asked by the people on government policies and projects are given priority. The second pillar is ‘Listen’. Today India has a government which listens to people. It listens to the suggestions given by you on social media. We have sometimes made changes in our policies based on the feedback given by people.
‘The third pillar of modern information highway is ‘Interaction’ and this is as important as the previous two. I believe there is an emotional connect between the government and the people, when there is an interaction between the two:..The fourth pillar is ‘Act’. If there is no action taken after asking, listening and interacting, then all the hard work done is a waste. While addressing all the complaints, when Goods and Services Tax (GST) was implemented, we made new rules and many rules were changed too ‘Inform’ is the fifth pillar of modern information highway. It is the duty of the government to give right facts about their actions.’
The Prime Minister said that through use of technology, the Government has evaluated the different projects worth Rs 9.5 lakh crore through the ‘Pragati’ programme.