Digital India: Government, India Inc log in for ‘digital push’ to governance, new jobs

Digital India, an umbrella programme that seeks to transform India into a digitally-empowered economy.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2015 10:09 am
digital india, design in india, pm modi, digital india, modi digital india, make in india, mobile governance, m governance, Digital India, Digital India,  Narendra Modi, e-governance, digital india week, technology news Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, launches digital India project in New Delhi. (Source: PTI photo)

Underlining the need for a concerted digital push to complement the government’s flagship ‘Make in India’ manufacturing thrust, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday highlighted its importance as an effective tool to deal with the problem of corruption, help provide efficient governance and bridge the rich-poor divide.

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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 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.

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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. “Normally, industry moves faster than government”, he said,” but with Digital India, I have no hesitation in saying the government has moved faster.”At the event, 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.

Highlighting the country’s potential in IT sector, Modi called upon the youth to innovate and go for “Design in India”. He promised government support to ‘start-ups’ and said India had the potential to become the second country after the US in this space.

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Referring to huge IT capabilities of the country, Modi promised to encourage manufacturing of electronic goods, the second largest imports after petroleum products. He said he dreams of a Digital India where government services are easily available to citizens on mobile devices.

“I dream of a Digital India where government proactively engages with people through social media… I dream of Digital India where cyber security becomes an integral part of national security,” he said, reminding the audience of the speech by Martin Luther King.

Citing the advantages of the IT sector, Modi said it helps in dealing with problems like corruption. “Technology played a big role in auction of coal mines. So many coal mines were auctioned but there is no allegation against the government because it was all done in a transparent manner.”

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On global worries over cyber security, he said India should come up with solutions to meet the challenge posed by this threat of “bloodless war”.

“Clouds of a bloodless war are hovering over the world. The world is terrified by this… India has a big role to play in this. Can India play this big role? India has talent. Can India provide a shield to the world by providing innovative and credible solutions? Why should we not have such a confidence? We should accept this challenge to ensure that the entire humanity lives in peace,” he said.

On dangers posed to cyber security, he said, “somebody, with an education of 10th or 12th class, sitting thousands of miles away, can clean up your bank account with a click of mouse. This situation needs to be addressed.”

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      Shivam badal
      Jul 1, 2015 at 11:52 pm
      From my point of he is only person of good sole that have the capacity to do something and he trying for it he always gives his duty to nation And this idea is really great it will help to decrese dependence to china and other companies and it will give chance to youngester to serve the country and ultimately GDP increase
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        vijai
        Jul 1, 2015 at 7:15 pm
        And mom Also told the son that now the most qualified person is holding the education ministry.
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          vijai
          Jul 1, 2015 at 7:33 pm
          Please don't behave like a ostrich.
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            Anil
            Jul 1, 2015 at 8:27 pm
            Wonderful initiative by MODI but challenging to implement. Can make life so much better for all citizens. Noted some unhappy souls who have written off this initiative without giving it a chance. The same people I guess who were willing to let the Congress play around with our lives for decades. And are actually happy with Rahul hi's 1970s style economics-- that disastrous decade!
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              Anurag Srivastava
              Jul 1, 2015 at 5:35 pm
              The 2nd Administrative Reforms Commission had recommended puting in place a legal framework for e-governance wherever there is an interaction with the citizens. This was accepted by the Government. But it has to still see a light of the day. The situation should whenever a person takes up an accommodation the service agencies in a proactive manner approach the new resident for providing electricty, water, gas connection, television and telephone. Registration should take place on an on-line basis and funds for the same should be in the form of banking transaction. As the individual is paying he should not be made to run around here & there.
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                point
                Jul 2, 2015 at 2:19 am
                I agree - we need intelligence and degrees as Rahul hi for governance. He and Sonia were the perfect people who made para die. their closest ally AAP which has eliminated corruption and delivered all promises was shown when they showed the expenses incurred to start corruption help line rally. I think 10 years of Cong rule was not enough for you. All 2013 episodes of Swaraj and 2011 episodes of Raje are corruption done by Modi for you. I think you need to be blessed with brain of Rahul hi.
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                  Ips
                  Jul 1, 2015 at 7:52 pm
                  I am from rural area of Gujarat.(this mail is from urban centre Ahmedabad).please excuse me for my English .not good at it.we are going to school while sitting on roof of govt.bus.It is always late,if it comes.for everything my father has to go to 10 km for even kerosine.my 3 hours on travelling to school.no sport for me.my teacher beat me for late school fee..now fees for computer.
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