#asktheFM: Chidambaram to hang out with netizens

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Mar 04, 2013 00:14 IST

Finance Minister P Chidambaram's Google Hangout page.

Have a query on Budget 2013-14? In a first-of-its kind interaction, ask the finance minister directly on Google Hangout - a multi-person online video chat.

Finance minister P Chidambaram will answer citizens' questions on Budget 2013-14 at 2000 hrs on Monday, a finance ministry release said.

Google+ Hangouts are multi-party video chats that allow up to 10 people to participate at a time. The hangout can be later shared on YouTube or streamed live using Hangouts on Air.


Citizens can submit their questions before the hangout by uploading a video, by commenting on the YouTube channel or through the Google India Page and tagging text or a video with the hashtag #askthefm, the ministry said.

Chidambaram will be joined by a select group of panelists including Jahangir Aziz, senior economist, Asia and chief economist, India, JP Morgan; Anand Mahindra, chairman and managing director, Mahindra & Mahindra; and Amit Singhal, senior vice-president, Google Inc.

This is for the first time a finance minister will use Google Hangout to answer netizens' queries on the Budget presented on February 28.

Globally, personalities including US President Barack Obama; Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard; Malaysian Prime Minister Najib had interacted with netizens on Google Hangout.


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