Prime Minister Modi Launches Digital India week

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the ‘Digital India Week’ at Indira Gandhi indoor stadium here with a view to empower the people of the country through the Digital India Programme. The PM aims to digital India by making Internet access available to over two lakh villages by 2019, promoting e-governance, e-banking, e-education and e-health and transforming India into a knowledge economy.

The vision of Digital India programme covering issues ranging from cyber security and promoting startups to digital highways and Design in India. PM Modi said that his government will invest 4.5 Lakh crores for Digital India program which will generate 18 lakh jobs.

The vision of Digital India where the world looks at India for the next big idea, Modi saidat the launch in Delhi on Wednesday. The dream of digital India where government is open and governance is transparent.

Inaugurating the ‘Digital India’ week in New Delhi in the presence of senior ministerial colleagues, industry chiefs and CEOs of several global companies, 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 core 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 Chairman Mukesh Ambani said his company would invest Rs 2.5 lakh crore accros different digital India heads, which have the potential to create employment for over five lakh people. “Normally, industry moves faster than government but with Digital India it is different. I have no hesitation in saying that government has moved faster,” At the event, Cyrus Mistry said the Tata Group would hire 60,000 IT professional this year, and Kumar Mangalam Birla said his Aditya Birla Group would invest Rs. 44,500 crore in next five years in infra and digital space.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitely said that cheques will become obsolete in India as more people will do their banking through the Internet. “We want to make technology the way of life in India,” he said.

In his speech, Modi questioned why is that “innovation” does not happen inside India. “I dream of a digital India where 1.2 billion connected Indians innovation,” he said, promsing help to all those who were working is Startups. “Design In India is a important as Make In India.”

In his 30 minute speech the prime minister said people once settled near rivers and then highways, but now they settled where optical fibres run.

“E-Governance is going to change into M-Governace,” he said.


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