The government is expecting investments to the tune of billions of dollars during the Digital India week, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 1. “As per estimates are concerned, we expect billions of dollars of investment (in Digital India week),” telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Saturday, while announcing details of the event.
For the first time, a digital summit has been planned at such huge scale and with such splendid grandeur that the launch has been moved out of the boundaries of the Vigyan Bhawan to Indira Gandhi Stadium in the Capital. Prasad said the turnout would be nothing less than 10,000 people, with over 400 top-notch executives from the industry attending. Tata Group’s Cyrus Mistry, Reliance Industries’ Mukesh Ambani, Wipro’s Azim Premji, Hero MotoCorp’s Pawan Munjal, Bharti Group’s Sunil Mittal and Aditya Birla Group’s Kumar Mangalam Birla are a few of them.
In the past one year, global heads of various tech firms met Modi and assured their support to the campaign, be it Facebook, Google or Microsoft. However, at the last hour, none of the global executives from these firms will be attending the opening summit, citing various reasons. NR Narayana Murthy will also not attend due to prior engagements.
Digital India will broadly aim at four things: bridging the digital divide, improving governance, harnessing power in the common man’s hand, and a politically and ideologically neutral campaign. The idea is to build a digital infrastructure and provide it as a utility to every individual, to provide government services on demand and digitally empower the citizens, elaborated Prasad.