Live blog Oct. 24, 2018: Modi meets IT pros

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with IT professionals on Self4Society -- volunteering efforts in the social sector. A virtual town hall was conducted simultaneously across 12 to 15 interactive broadcasting locations, including Infosys campuses in Bengaluru, Mysuru and Mangaluru and the Cisco campus in Bengaluru. A recap of the Oct. 24, 2018 live blog is below:
  • 18:16

    This live blog on the PM's meeting with IT pros has concluded

  • 17:37

    PM says we have to make optimum utilisation of resources in the development of the nation.

  • 17:35

    TCS, Kolkata has contributed 10 lakh person hours for social causes

  • 17:30

    PM praises efforts of Bengaluru-based Akshaya Patra Foundation in his speech. Calls it a social startup.

  • 17:24

    We are among top 3 countries globally in startup ecosystem: PM Modi

  • 17:21

    Anand Mahindra assures full support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • 17:19

    Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra asks the next question to the Prime Minister. Mahindra is present at JLN Stadium, among the audience.

  • 17:18

    Paying tax is 'prakriti'. Not paying tax is 'vikriti', says PM Modi

  • 17:02

    Conserving natural resources is our duty, says PM Modi.

  • 16:59

    The third question in the interaction comes from Persistant Systems, Pune.

  • 16:56

    PM Modi elaborates upon his Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in his interaction with techies.

  • 16:53

    Gandhi gave more importance to cleanliness than the independence. We are realising his dream: PM Modi on Swachh Bharat

  • 16:48

    Second question comes from an employee of Tech Mahindra in Hyderabad

  • 16:46

    Infosys Foundation has built 14000 toilets, 7,000 libraries, says Sudha Murthy, chairperson of the foundation

  • 16:36

    Sudha Murthy, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation is the first person to ask the the question to Prime Minister. Talks about Infy's initiatives in CSR.

  • 16:35

    We have to expand 'society'. We have to keep passion for IT to society: PM Modi

  • 16:34

    PM praises unnamed Bengaluru techie, who ferries passengers free in his car.

  • 16:32

    India's future lies in technology: PM Modi

  • 16:28

    I am not a victim of information provided to me on social media: PM Modi

  • 16:25

    PM Modi praises Wipro Chairman Azim Premji's charity efforts in his speech.

  • 16:22

    Techies at Infy headquarters in Bengaluru have also gathered to listen to PM Modi's interaction.

  • 16:21

    PM Modi commences his speech at the event.

  • 16:20

    PM Modi launches 'Mai Nahi Hum' portal for social services by techies.

  • 16:18

    40 lakh people are watching the program live. More than 2 lakh techies also attending the event.

  • 16:17

    I have not the slightest doubt on your patriotism, Prasad to techies

  • 16:16

    2.5 lakh villages are connected via broadband as of date, claim Prasad

  • 16:14

    Digital India is to empower common man through technology. It is about bridging the gap: Prasad

  • 16:13

    We feel proud of the work IT employees do for India, says Prasad.

  • 16:11

    You see the changing profile of India and Narendra Modi, says Ravi Shankar Prasad while thanking PM Modi

  • 16:09

    Ravi Shankar Prasad to address the gathering ahead of PM Modi. Commences speech.

  • 16:03

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad reach JLN Stadium.

  • 15:29

    Prior to Nilekani, Wipro Chairman Azim Premji donated $2.3 billion as part of the 'Giving pledge'

  • 15:27

    Infact, Infosys founder and Chairman Nandan Nilekani has pledged half half of his wealth under 'Giving Pledge', a charity movement started Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

  • 15:25

    There are a large number of businesses and individuals from IT sector, who are engaged in social causes.

  • 15:20

    Since taking over as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has been laying lot of emphasis on Digital India

  • 15:13

    Prime Minister's address is live broadcast from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi by Software Technology Parks of India

  • 15:10

    Prime Minister will launch a new mobile app and portal that would seek to bring about greater coordination of CSR activities and volunteering efforts from IT industry through this Town Hall event.

  • 14:56

    The focus of the PM during his address is expected to be on the social service in the IT space.

  • 15:08

    The conference will begin with a key note address by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, followed by the interaction through Video conference with IT professionals connected from 12 to 15 interactive sites across the country.

  • 15:05

    Techies have gathered in full strength at Cisco campus in Bengaluru.

  • 14:59

    The programme will be viewed in large gatherings by IT professionals at Infosys campus in Bengaluru, Mysuru and Mangaluru

  • 14:57

    There are 12-15 interactive sites across the country along with 490 broadcast centres.

  • 14:54

    Interaction comes at a time when India's IT space is seeing a shift towards emerging technologies,

  • 14:41

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's interaction with techies to start at 3:00 pm