Govt. to launch app to rope in volunteers

• Professionals keen on doing volunteer work in their free time will be provided a platform by the government through an app, #Self4Society, developed by MyGov.

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the app at a townhall-style event here on October 24.

Objectives of this platform

• This platform will help to create better synergies among so many initiatives and lead to a much better outcome of the efforts of professionals.

• Companies have observed that a spirit of service and volunteering improves employee satisfaction and reduces employee attrition.

• This app comes after discussions with companies from the information technology sector on these lines.

• The app will have incentives, gamification and intra- and inter-company competitions, and social networking.

• At first, this will be aimed at IT companies, with more joining in when it takes off.

• The volunteer time for the government’s flagship programmes such as Swachh Bharat is expected to increase.

• The townhall-style inauguration will be attended by 2,000 in the city, and thousands more will join from other cities through video link.

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Mains Paper 2: Governance | Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

Prelims level: #Self4Society app

Mains level: CSR activities in India.

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