PM says this decade is ‘India’s Techade’

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Data and demographic dividends, combined with India’s proven tech expertise, offer the country tremendous opportunities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday as he interacted with Digital India beneficiaries on the six-year campaign since its launch.

Speaking at the virtual event, Modi said India is also aware of its responsibilities as a data powerhouse and noted that it is working on all aspects of data protection. “This decade will greatly improve India’s digital technology capabilities, India’s contribution to the global digital economy. 5G technology will bring significant changes in the world and India is preparing for it. These will help make this decade India’s techade, ”he said.

Digital solutions

The Prime Minister said the digital solutions India prepared during the pandemic were a topic of discussion around the world. As one of the world’s largest digital contact tracking apps, Aarogya Setu has done a lot to prevent corona infection. He went on to say that many countries have also shown interest in the Indian Cowin vaccination app. Such a monitoring tool for the vaccination process is a testament to our technical competence, he said.

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He spoke to beneficiaries of various Digital India program programs including Diksha, eNAM, eSanjeevani Telemedicine Solution, DigiBunai and PM SVANidhi program. Six years of the Digital India program mark rapid strides the country has made in adopting technology, he said.

The Prime Minister spoke of the vital role technology played during the pandemic in ensuring continuity of education, access to health care and other civic services. He said that at a time when developed countries were unable to send aid to their citizens due to the lockdown, India was sending thousands of millions of rupees straight to people’s bank accounts.

Digital transactions have changed the lives of farmers in an unprecedented way. Under Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi, ₹ 1.35 lakh crore was deposited directly into the bank accounts of more than 10 crore farming families. Digital India has also recognized the spirit of One Nation, One MSP.

He said a lot of emphasis is placed on the scale and speed with which the infrastructure for Digital India is being built. He added that the internet connection reached remote areas through 2.5 lakh common service centers. The Bharat Net program is working on a mission mode to bring broadband internet to the villages.

PM WANI creates access points so rural youth can connect to high-speed internet for better service and education. Affordable tablets and digital devices are being offered to students across the country. To achieve this goal, electronics companies are being offered production-linked subsidies, he said.

Over the past six to seven years, Digital India has deposited around 17 lakh crore in beneficiaries’ bank accounts through various programs, Modi said.