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If you want PM Modi in your pocket download NaMo App

June 28, 2017 05:24 AM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Naredra Modi today had a question for the Indian diaspora in the Netherlands: "Do you want India's Prime Minister in your pocket?"

"Can you live without your mobile for just one hour? You find it difficult, don't you? So don't you think India's poor and those who live in rural areas should also have mobiles," he asked.

Of course, Modi was talking about the NaMo mobile phone app, which he's often described as "an exclusive opportunity to connect with the PM".

He urged the Indian-origin members of his audience to download the app.

"I will be there on it (the app) all the time and you can have me in your pocket," he said to members of the Indian diaspora in Hague.

Via this question, the PM again underscored the importance his administration gives to technology-driven development.

"The India of the 21st century cannot stay behind when it comes to technology and infrastructure. Everything we have must be world class," Modi said.

The PM told audience members that he wanted to see the poor and the rural people in India to also reap the benefits of technology via mobile phones.

"Can you live without your mobile for just one hour? You find it difficult, don't you? So don't you think India's poor and those who live in rural areas should also have mobiles," he asked.

Modi said his administration is pulling out all the stops for connectivity.

"The coming of optical fibre network in the villages will give our villages the same facilities that are associated with cities only," he said.

Technology, Modi said, will also boost people's participation in the nation's development.

"Voting is just a small part of democracy. A government can only work with people's participation," he said, adding that things like mobile phones and other technologies that provide connectivity will spur mass participation.

That the PM is tech-savvy is well known. Even US President Trump yesterday talked about Modi's use of technology and social media.

"I'm proud to announce that PM Modi and I are world leaders in social media", Trump said after the two leaders' first meeting in Washington yesterday.

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