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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    shahnawaj quasmi
    Aug 4, 2016 at 8:25 am
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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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                    Kaliyug
                    Jul 1, 2015 at 11:56 pm
                    With the money and vision there has to be recruitment of the best talent, without any caste based quotas forced inside the jobs that do not fit the candidate. Apple, Microsoft and other leaders in the electronic and software industry were found by people who had the vision, drive and intelligence to be the best. Luckily in America there is freedom to hire and fire people as they are needed or not. If Modi wants what is happening in the West to happen in India. he has to ure the people that their roads to invention will be fruitful financially and professionally.
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                      S
                      Jul 2, 2015 at 11:40 am
                      It was an impressive launch. First two of his most ardent followers praising him to be on his good books. One of then said that it will help the "poor". The people investing are the rich favourites of the PM. The jobs will be for IT knowledge based persons who are basd in the cities or small cities and not in the rural areas. The jobs are for those who do not need new opportunities as their is enough in existing IT companies. To be modern and have the latest techniques is good but we yet do not have the manpower to implement these schemes. Even in cities, does every one have a computer or smart phone. The telecom companies will naturally welcome this scheme. But are they not the "suited-booted" people referred to ! The FM sees it as increasing investment opportunities. We need investment in agriculture - new techniques, new policies on pricing and distribution!
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                        Bharat
                        Jul 2, 2015 at 7:04 am
                        Its a common trait of all BJP supporters that they can't argue logically focusing on topic. Every Time someone point out something wrong in BJP, these blind supporters start personal offence on commenter. God save India from such people.
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                          RAVI
                          Jul 2, 2015 at 9:54 am
                          better boradband speed in north for god's sake....there is fair usage policy on even 1mbps plans...
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                            ds
                            Jul 1, 2015 at 8:21 pm
                            Our PM is really a great EVENT MANAGER- few days back his Smart City plan and today Digital initiative - event after event at tax payers cost to convey his dream Jumlas after Jumlas. A person who wants to work will not make somuch noise - as we learnt in school - Empty Vessels Make the Most Noise.
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                              Dr. Sonali
                              Jul 2, 2015 at 3:49 am
                              We need at least one Indian Insute of Information Technology (IIIT) in each state. Also let IIITs grow to become universities with public-private partnerships.
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                                Dr.D.T.subhash
                                Jul 2, 2015 at 11:47 am
                                Great, path-breaking initiative for transparent,corruption-free and quick services and administration. Most important is to implement this program completely and effectively in view of federalism of different political parties,low literacy rates particularly in political cles.Reaching the nook and corner of our vast country is a challenge but we should meet this. Congress party is wasting its energy and time in petty issues, which are not all important to vast public and instead contribute to developmental agenda of Sri.Narendra Modi. Tripura and Kerala elections and its pattern is a lesson the congress should learn and course correction, other wise , the congress will not be in the map of political parties in 2019 elections. TV channels are wasting its precious time, energy in sensationalizing petty issues, instead, take the good government policies to the people and help in tandem with government. Liberty of our democracy should not be misused by the media and media should become synergistic with good policies and governance.
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                                  Avani Roy
                                  Oct 6, 2015 at 2:06 pm
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                                    Shailendra kumar
                                    Jul 2, 2015 at 9:45 am
                                    It is very important and need for young people. But a lot of young people are not know to get a job in DIGITAL INDIA so please tell the procedure to get a job in this yojna. THANK YOU.
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                                      M Vyas
                                      Jul 1, 2015 at 8:25 pm
                                      NAMO is stronvly marching on his innovative ideas..projects and its impldmentation..Its looks like none from congress appluded his actions.. poor congress on its way to zero seats
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                                        M Vyas
                                        Jul 1, 2015 at 9:43 pm
                                        Times Now is now no more a national channel..it is like Jayatv..Suntv..local player of particular states...look at arnab's guest on discussion panel..bhatia of samajwadi party..ajoy bose..partial maoist..partial aap party member..ajaykumar or vadakon of congress rajiv chaddha of aap..since last 15 days.. When PM was inaugerating DIGITAL INDIA.. channel was discussing lalitvate..Shushma Saraj..Vasundhara raje.important to politics over nation development project
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                                          M Vyas
                                          Jul 1, 2015 at 8:55 pm
                                          To my opinion chidambaram must be sent to jail..Why? my answer is..Chindu came public three times after Modiji became PM.. once after budget ..he criticised FM. budget 2015-16.. he admitted his mistake when he was FM.. he did not addressed retro tax.. next he came with GST. .his inputs and some proposal below 100 cr he criticised..third time he came with defense in lalitgate and his two letters to UK but he had not objected coal mines distribution..telecom licences given by Raja..where was his common sense. fact he was there more as a loyalist than minister under oath licences.authorities...bu
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                                            M Vyas
                                            Jul 2, 2015 at 1:58 am
                                            No focus by Times Now and some other channels on Digital India...working against govt..the irony is they. r discussing lalitgate from last two years and inviting Somnath Bharati of APP on. discussion panel ..person hv criminal mind.volvdd in domestic violence..dog runover on his wife when she was pregnant....this shows TIMES NOW is loosing TRP. and unable to find good people on panel
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