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New Delhi, 4th March 2014: Citizens for Accountable Governance in collaboration with Bharatiya Janata Party announces the second round of “Chai pe Charcha”, a series of unique interactions between Shri Narendra Modi and the people of India. After the successful inaugural session held on 12th Feb 2014, the second round of “Chai Pe Charcha” coincides with the occasion of International Women's Day, 8th March 2014.

As in the previous round, Mr. Modi will be interacting with people from all across India. In addition to the dialogue with the leadership of BJP, this round of CPC will also witness panel discussions with experts on women related issues. These panel discussions will precede the interactive session with Mr. Modi. The topics of discussion for these panels are being finalized by conducting an online poll via the Chai pe Charcha website, app and social media properties.

The next round of “Chai pe Charcha” will be organized in 50% more locations than the previous round and will have a substantial focus on rural areas. Going by the innumerable requests coming our way for organizing Chai pe Charcha overseas, 30 locations outside India have been included, spanning over 5 continents and 15 countries. Overall the second session will be organized at more than 1500 locations, in 500 plus cities. People will also be able to participate and ask questions directly from their homes. In addition CAG has received overwhelming response from enthusiastic volunteers across India to organize Chai pe Charcha independently. CAG will facilitate such locations by providing them the guidelines to organize Chai pe Charcha and the live streaming of the session.

Chai pe Charcha is a step in the direction of participatory democracy where people get a platform to engage with the elected representatives. The event has 3 key modules – Share, Ask and Suggest.

  • Using the ‘Share’ feature people are able to share stories of challenges and achievements.
  • Using the ‘Ask’ feature people are able to put across their questions to Mr. Modi
  • Using the ‘Suggest’ feature people are able to give solutions to the issues pertaining to women
The above features can be accessed using internet (www.indiancag.org/chaipecharcha), by calling/sms/whatsapp 07878782014, or using the Android app of Chai pe Charcha.

For the political establishment to truly reflect the aspirations of the citizens, it is imperative that the leadership understand issues which arise at the grassroots level. “Chai pe Charcha” connects Mr. Modi to the people to understand their problems directly. As opposed to political rallies, this unique and unprecedented initiative aims to establish a continuous, constructive and purposeful dialogue between him and the masses at large. During the event, Mr. Modi is able address the most pressing matters highlighted through the “Share-Ask-Suggest” module. People with the best ideas, most popular questions are able to interact with him live over video/audio conferencing during the event.

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with Governors of States regarding the Covid-19 situation and ongoing vaccination drive in the country, through video conferencing.

Prime Minister said that in the battle against Covid, along with the vaccines, our values and sense of duty are our biggest strengths. Praising the citizens who participated in this battle last year considering it their duty, he said that the same feeling of Janbhagidari needs to be encouraged now as well. He said that the role of the Governors, through appropriate utilization of their social capacity, thus becomes all the more critical to achieving this. Governors are an important link to ensure better coordination between State Governments and society, he said, adding that the combined power of all community organizations, political parties, NGOs and social institutions needs to be harnessed.

Prime Minister suggested that the Governors can actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborate seamlessly with the State Governments towards micro containment. He said that their social network can help ensure an increase in the capacity of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals. Along with spreading the message about vaccination and treatment, the Governors can also spread awareness about AYUSH related remedies.

Prime Minister noted that our youth, our workforce, is an important part of our economy. Hence, it is important to ensure that our youth follows all Covid related protocols and precautions. He said that the Governors’ role is also critical in ensuring the greater engagement of our students in University campuses towards this Janbhagidari. We also need to focus on better utilization of facilities at University and College campuses, he added. He said that just like last year, NCC and NSS also have a key role to play this year as well. Prime Minister said that the Governors are an important pillar of Janbhagidari in this battle and their coordination with State Governments and guidance to institutions of the State will further strengthen the nation’s resolve.

Discussing the rise in the number of Covid cases, the Prime Minister said that in this stage of the fight against the virus, the country stands to gain from last year’s experience and improved healthcare capacity. He discussed the increase RTPCR testing capacity and noted that the country has become Aatmanirbhar with respect to kits and other material related to testing. All this has led to a reduction in the cost of RTPCR tests also. He added that most of the products related to testing are also available on the GeM portal. Prime Minister emphasized the significance of increasing tracking, tracing and testing, and said that RTPCR testing needs to be increased from 60% to 70%. He said that it is pertinent to ensure that more and more people get tested.

Prime Minister underlined that the government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines. He highlighted that India has become the fastest nation to reach the landmark of 10 crore vaccinations. Noting the positive impact of Tika Utsav in the last four days, he said that in this period, the vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up.

Interaction

The Vice President of India, Union Home Minister and Union Health Minister also attended the interaction.

The Vice President appreciated the Prime Minister for leading the fight against Covid and his proactive steps to develop the infrastructure required to tackle the pandemic. He also highlighted the scientific community's contribution in giving a vaccine to India and the whole world. He also talked about the contribution of healthcare workers, sanitation workers, and other frontline workers who have played a vital role during the pandemic.

The Vice President called upon the Governors to bring up a coordinated front by leading all-party meetings in their respective states and engaging with civil society organisations to spread awareness about covid-appropriate behaviour. The Vice president said that a 'Team India spirit' cutting across policy lines should be adopted, and in this regard, Governors as the 'Guardians of the State' could guide the State Governments.

Union Home Minister stressed the importance of saving each and every life. Union Health Secretary gave a presentation on Covid cases and vaccination drive. He gave an overview of how India has followed a proactive and pre-emptive approach in this endeavour.

The Governors shared details of how their respective states are tackling the spread of the virus and coordinating activities towards ensuring a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive, while also mentioning the deficiencies of healthcare facilities in the States.

They gave suggestions for further improvement in the efforts and shared plans of how Janbhagidari can be increased through the active social engagement of various groups.