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The State government’s initiative ‘AP Speaks’, an innovative idea to connect with people directly, is being endorsed by social networking site Facebook as a demonstration of the value of connectivity.

The State government’s initiative ‘AP Speaks’, an innovative idea to connect with people directly, is being endorsed by social networking site Facebook as a demonstration of the value of connectivity. Facebook India has started promoting the first of its kind crowd-sourcing app through a recent video featuring Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The app allows any smartphone user to posit his or her idea to the State government. More than 2,000 smartphone users have already downloaded the app and the number is increasing by the day.

“AP Speaks will be a way to listen to you. The Andhra Pradesh government is a listening government. To corroborate this, we have developed a mobile app ‘AP Speaks’ which will enable us to take your ideas, opinions and feedback. This app is available for Android and it will be launched soon for iOS. This will gather instant feedback and ideas from the public on various government initiatives,” the CM said in the video.

The app comprises four sections: Ananda Andhra, Power Situation in AP, Badi Pilustondi and Tourism in AP.


In the Ananda Andhra section the public can put down their ideas on how better governance and people’s welfare can be achieved. The ideas can be viewed by other users and suggestions are also allowed. Users can also ‘like’ the ideas, which is similar to the ‘like’ option on Facebook. The other features of the app -- Power Situation in AP, Badi Pilustondi and Tourism in AP -- allow users to give feedback on government services.


A statement of Facebook officials on the AP Speaks page reads, “We’re delighted to feature e-government services as part of Internet.org in India. AP Speaks is the brainchild of Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu. It is a citizen engagement and idea generator platform that seeks to get direct feedback and ideas from citizens within the State. The inclusion of e-government services will create a new level of connectivity between the government and the people. This will go a long way in demonstrating the value of connectivity and we are delighted to begin with AP Speaks.”

What makes the app special is that the Chief Minister can view the location from which an idea or feedback is posted and will also get reports on feedback analysis and sentiment analysis on the Chief Minister’s dashboard.

By: Ch Sowmya Sruthi

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