|PM Modi's first Townhall|
ON SATURDAY, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had his first Obama-style Townhall when he answered questions ranging from tourism, smart cities and foreign policy to self-styled cow protectionism. The event, organized by MyGov— a platform created to build partnership between citizens and the government —was televised live, and was highly appreciated across the board. But who was the man behind such a big show? IAS Association appreciates 1995 batch Chhattisgarh cadre IAS Gaurav Dwivedi saying…"The first ever MyGov Town Hall event was brilliantly executed by Gaurav Dwivedi IAS CEO My Gov”.
Townhall as a concept is quite common in the western countries where heads of states or CEOs take questions directly from an audience and interact with common people with no interface in-between. But it was the first Townhall ever addressed by an Indian Prime Minister on Saturday.
Those privy to the preparation of the event say Dwivedi as the CEO of MyGov was hands-on in the run-up to the big day though many of his teammates worked hard to make this a successful event.
Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, 43-year-old Dwivedi did his schooling from Apeejay School Noida and college from Hindu College, Delhi. He is an M.Sc in anthropology from Delhi University. Later, he did a course on project appraisal and risk management from Duke Center for International Development (DCID), Duke University, USA.
According to his profile available with DoPT, Dwivedi started his career in IAS as an assistant collector in Kerala before moving to Chhattisgarh. Among other postings in Chhattisgarh, he worked as managing director of Chhattisgarh State Marketing Mandi Board and later as joint chief electoral officer in the state.
Between 2009 and 2012, Dwivedi worked as deputy director in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) located in Mussoorie. After that, he moved to New Delhi and joined as a deputy director in the department of information and technology under the ministry of communications.
Since September 2014, Dwivedi has been serving as the CEO of MyGov.