Indian citizens hold regular video conferences with politicians

Wednesday, May 25 2011

Those who think government should be run like a business would be pleased with the Indian state of Dehli's most recent innovation: government web conferencing. The Hindustan Times reports that the North Indian province has agreed to allow citizens to regularly communicate via teleconference with top level bureaucrats and politicians.

Sheila Dikshit, chief minister of Dehli, has been spearheading a movement to bring technology and e-governance into regular discourse in her state. High definition video conference rooms have been installed in many government offices to allow Dehli's citizenry to have face-to-face conversations with their rulers.

The first conference was held from secretariat offices in Dehli and was conducted by Dikshit. The minister held a video conference with nine of her top deputy commissioners as residents listened to speeches inaugurating the system, saying, "The officers and public representatives sitting on the other side will be able to submit their suggestions and comments simultaneously that will help in taking on-the-spot decisions."

Fourteen more conference rooms are expected to be built across the province, most in the capital, New Dehli.