NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Digital India initiative at an event attended by government officials as well as industry leaders. The programme aims to make all citizens digitally literate and bring internet and e-governance to all sections of the society.
Modi added that Digital India has drawn investments worth Rs 4.5 lakh crore and will create 18 lakh jobs.
"E-governance is going to change into m-governance or mobile governance. Mobile governance is going to be a reality soon," he added.
The Prime Minister also assured help to the youngsters in their startups. "Why can't we make quality electronic goods that are globally competitive? I assure all help to youngsters in startups. I think in the times to come we will get even more active in this," he said.
"Design in India is very important. Just like Make in India is important. The talent of our youth must be utilized. And we must focus on designing in India," the Prime Minister added.
Union telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad added, "The story of Digital India is not about numbers of laptop and phones, it is an idea where
we conceive of not only IT-enabled services but IT-enabled society."
The government announced that people of 31 gram panchayats across 14 states watched the Digital India event through web conferencing, powered by NOFN's BharatNet network.
It also said that BSNL already has 55 Next Generation Network in place to replace 30-year-old exchanges; their number will grow to 683 by year end. BSNL also has 53 active Wi-Fi hotspots, and aims to have 2500 Wi-Fi hotspots by the end of 2015.
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