PM launches his flagship ‘Digital India’ initiative

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Telecom Minister Ravishankar Prasad at the launch of Digital India Week in New Delhi on 1st July 2015. Photo-PTI

Lauding the use of digital technology and online space as a definite step to open new avenues in the field of governance and universal phone connectivity across the country, Narendra Modi-led Central government launched another of its flagship initiative ‘Digital India’.

Speaking at an event in the capital to launch Digital Indian Week, PM Modi said, “Civilisations will be built where optical fibres pass,” along with adding that in the days to come “IT can be used in a big way to eliminate corruption”.

“Earlier, a child used to playfully wrench your reading glasses…today he reaches for your phone. We need to understand this change or the world will pass us by,” Prime Minister told the large gathering while describing the ‘Digital India’ a stepping stone to transform India’s future.

“E-Governance is going to change into M-Governance…M is not Modi Governance, it is mobile governance,” he further remarked as the crowd applauded.

The Prime Minister also added that the aim of this initiative is to bridge India’s digital divide and bring in large investments in the field of technology manufacturing. Adding that digital technology will also bring with it several employment opportunities, he said, “Rs 4.5 lakh crore investment has been committed for Digital India and employment for 18 lakh people”.

The industry too appreciated the Modi government’s move.

“Normally, industry moves faster than government…but with Digital India, I have no hesitation in saying the government has moved faster,” Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Industries Ltd said.

Detailing further about the Digital India Week, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also told that the government expects “billions of dollars in investment”, which is critical to create more jobs quickly.

With another of its flagship initiative, the Modi government aims to connect all Gram Panchayat by broadband internet, promote e-governance and transform India into a connected knowledge economy.

(With inputs from the PTI)