Moving ahead on yet another pet project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Digital India’ campaign, aimed at creating a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented the government’s roadmap to digitise India when he inaugurated Digital India Week at a function in Delhi on July 1. 10,000 guests, including top business leaders like Mukesh Ambani of Reliance and the Tata Group’s Cyrus Mistry, were at the launch.
Modi said: “We have to move from E-governance to M-governance. M-governance does not mean Modi governance. It means Mobile governance.”
Industrialists present at the event pledged Rs 4.5 lakh crore as the Prime Minister sketched a broad roadmap of how he plans to digitise India, a project that is expected to catalyse big-ticket investments in IT services and technology manufacturing.
Reliance Industries plans to invest about Rs 2.5 lakh crore in digital initiatives, chairman Mukesh Ambani said, though he did not indicate a timeline. Cyrus Mistry said the Tata Group would hire 60,000 IT professionals this year, and Kumar Mangalam Birla said his Aditya Birla Group would invest Rs 44,500 crore in the next five years in infra and digital space.
Modi also used the platform to call for the youth to become entrepreneurs and invest in start-ups along with calling upon the IT industry to use its expertise to master cyber security. He said India should come up with solutions to meet the challenge posed by this threat of “bloodless war”.
Highlights of the Announcements at Digital India launch:
Digital India platform to digitize all documents.
Digital locker, online scholarships and e-healthcare services unveiled.
BSNL announces major initiatives for connecting India through internet. New Wi-Fi hotspots and advanced networks to connect village panchayats.
Aadhar integration with mobile number for authentication is being introduced.
Digital India portal and apps to connect citizens with the government.
National Digital Literacy Mission to promote digital literacy among 3 crore Indians.
PM Modi on Digital India launch: I dream of a digital India where high speed digital highways unite the nation.