Transport Minister Joshi drives to Google Hangout today

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New Delhi, March 29: The Indian transport sector has grown rapidly with personal cars and public mode. And to discuss this growth, in the backdrop of likely transport strike from April 1, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister CP Joshi will interact with the public through multi-person video chat, Google Hangout, today.

The ministry said in a statement that Joshi will interact with "people to discuss road safety issues on March 29 at 7:30 pm via Google Hangout. He will be taking suggestions from people on road safety issues and the same can be viewed live on Ministry's You Tube Channel".

Joshi's interaction will be streamed live on Road Transport Ministry's you tube channel,
www.youtube.com/morthindia.

"During the course of dialogue people can share their views on (Transport) Ministry's Facebook page, Twitter handle and Google Plus page by checking at www.morth.nic.in," the statement said.

People can also use Twitter handle of the Transport Ministry (@MORTHIndia) and #morthhangout to tweet their suggestions and follow the event, it added.

The trend of public interaction through social media was started by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. He uses this tech-savvy route to interact with the general public.

Early this month, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia had used the same platform to discuss policy issues with the public.

While Chidambaram had used Google Hangout for public queries on Budget 2013-14, Ahluwalia was keen to get a feedback on 12th Five Year Plan.

What is Google+ Hangouts?

Google+ Hangouts is a free video chat service from Google that enables both one-on-one chats and group chats with up to ten people at a time. Like Skype, FaceTime and Facebook Video Chat, Google Hangouts focuses more on "face-to-face-to-face" group interaction as opposed to one-on-one video chats.

Google Hangouts can be accessed via laptop and desktop computers as well as with Android mobile devices (Android "Gingerbread" v2.3 and later). In addition to video chatting, Google Hangouts users can share documents, scratchpads, images and YouTube videos with other users.

Google+ Hangouts also offers a "Hangouts on Air" feature for broadcasting live video conversations that are accessible to anyone with a web browser.

About 10 days back, Google announced a new Hangouts Capture app, a new way for Google Hangouts users to capture photos of a Hangout in progress so they can relive the magic of the event later on.
"Google+ Hangouts bring people together, and when they do, all sorts of awesome can unfold," Google's Jeremy Ng said in a Google+ post announcing the app."

The app lets Hangout users take photos of a Hangout in progress, saving all of those photos to a shared folder available to all Hangout invitees. Photos can be viewed while you're in the Hangout, while you're browsing through your photo albums, and by visiting the original Hangout post on Google+.

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