New Delhi: With a motto of minimizing the bridge between people and their elected representatives, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has launched a mobile phone app ‘Constituency Connect App' for Delhiities through which they can connect with their local MPs and register complaints and offer feedback.
Launching the initiative, BJP president Amit Shah on Monday said it would help in the early redress of public grievances in the national capital.
The ‘Constituency Connect App', which will help BJP MPs connect with their constituencies, can be downloaded on both Android phones and iPhones. It will provide information on MPs and their work in the constituency and in Parliament, besides offering a forum to the people to give their feedback.
Voters in a particular constituency will have to provide their voter ID card number to register and they can thereafter use the app to air their grievances on the phone.
Hailing the app, which was conceptualized by New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Shah said it would further the cause of good governance espoused by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Shah, however, warned that such measures should not stop the direct communication between voters and their elected representatives. Public representatives should continue to meet with the public and maintain person-to-person contacts with voters in their constituencies.
"This is probably the first time that an MP has taken the initiative to reduce the gap between MPs and the public. It is a new beginning for MPs in (Delhi) and I hope this initiative will be taken forward in other areas too," Shah told BJP workers.
Speaking on the occasion, Lekhi said the app has been devised with the help of IIT graduates and technocrats.
"Voters can directly get in touch with their MP and the government," she said.
Lauding the effort, BJP general secretary JP Nadda said the app is part of Modi government's commitment to connect with the public while also ensuring transparency in governance.
The app will help make MPs accountable to the public, he said.