Source: Money Control, March 15, 2013
Taking a cue from Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s Google Hangout, Planning Commission today conducted its own Hangout session led by Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
The government said that this is a step in communicating better with the youth of the country. Attended by Sam Pitroda, Chairman of National Knowledge Commission, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CEO of Biocon and members of the Planning Commission, the discussion focused on the targets of the 12th Five Year Plan, what it sets out to achieve in terms of inclusive growth and focus on healthcare, education and job creation.
According to R Jagannathan of Firstpost.com, "It was good effort by the Planning Commission to explain itself. But the answers should go beyond generalities, since ordinary people do not have the foggiest idea - even after the hangout - on what the Commission does."