Digitally empowered youth will make this decade 'India's Techade', says Modi
New Delhi, July 1, 2021
Digitally empowered youth will make this decade 'India's Techade', Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today.
The Prime Minister was interacting with the beneficiaries of "Digital India" through a video conference to mark the completion of six years since the launch of the programme.
Union Minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre were also present.
Modi said India has shown both passion for innovation and the ability to adopt innovations rapidly. “Digital India is the resolve of India. Digital India is the instrument for AatmaNirbhar Bharat. Digital India is a manifestation of a strong Indian that is emerging in the 21st Century,” he added.
The Prime Minister evoked his mantra of “Minimum Government – Maximum Governance” and explained how Digital India was empowering the common citizen by reducing the gap between government and people, system and facilities, problems and solutions.
He gave an example of how Digilocker helped millions of people, especially during the pandemic. School certificates, medical documents and other important certificates were stored digitally across the nation. The services like getting a driving license, birth certificate, paying the electricity bill, paying the water bill, filing the income tax return, etc have become fast and convenient and in the villages, Common Service Centres (CSCs) were helping the people. It was through Digital India, initiatives like ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ were realized. He commended the Supreme Court for asking all the states to implement such initiatives.
He expressed satisfaction over how Digital India has changed the lives of the beneficiaries. He noted the benefits of the Svanidhi Scheme, a micro-credit facility for street vendors and solving the problem of lack of security of ownership through SWAMITVA (Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) scheme.
He also mentioned the e-Sanjivini scheme, an independent, browser-based application facilitating both doctor-to-doctor and patient-to-doctor teleconsultations. Work was on for an effective platform under National Digital Health Mission, he added.
The Prime Minister said the digital solutions that India had prepared in the coronavirus pandemic period were a topic of discussion all over the world today. One of the world's largest digital contact tracing apps, "Aarogya Setu" has helped a lot in preventing the spread of the disease. Several countries have also shown interest in India's COWIN app for vaccination. Having such a monitoring tool for the process of vaccination was proof of India’s technical proficiency, he said.
“Digital India means opportunity for all, facility for all, participation of all. It means everyone's access to the government system. Digital India means a transparent, non-discriminatory system and an attack on corruption. It means saving time, labour and money. Digital India means fast profit, full profit. Digital India means minimum government, maximum governance,” he added.
Modi said the Digital India campaign had helped the country during the pandemic. At a time when developed countries were unable to send aid money to their citizens due to the lockdown, India was sending thousands of crores of rupees directly to the bank accounts of the people. Digital transactions have brought an unprecedented change in the lives of farmers. Under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, Rs 1.35 lakh crore has been deposited directly into the bank account of more than 10 crore farmer families. Digital India has also realized the spirit of One Nation, One MSP.
Modi said a lot of emphasis was being made on the scale and speed at which the infrastructure for Digital India was coming up. Through 2.5 lakh Common Service Centres, the Internet had reached remote areas. Under Bharat Net scheme, work was underway on a mission mode to bring broadband internet to the villages. Through PM WANI, access points were being created so that rural youth can connect with high-speed internet for better services and education.
Affordable tablets and digital devices are being offered to students across the nation. Production Linked Subsidies are being offered to electronic companies to realise this goal. In the last 6-7 years due to Digital India, around Rs 17 lakh crore has been transferred in the bank accounts of beneficiaries under various schemes.
“This decade is going to greatly enhance India's capabilities in digital technology, India's share in the global digital economy. 5G technology will bring significant changes in the world and India is preparing for that. The youth will continue to take you to new heights due to Digital Empowerment. These will help in making this decade as 'India's Techade',” he added.
During the interaction with the Prime Minister, Suhani Sahu, a student from Balrampur, Uttar Pradesh shared her experiences with DIKSHA App and how it was useful for her education during the lockdown. Prahlad Borghad from Hingoli, Maharashtra shared how he got a better price and saved cost on transportation through the e-NAM App. Shubbam Kumar from a village near the Nepal border in East Champaran, Bihar shared his experience on how he was able to help his grandmother consult the doctor through the e-Sanjeevani app without the need to go all the way to Lucknow.
Dr Bhupender Singh from Lucknow who provided the consultation through the e-Sanjeevani app to the family shared his experiences how easy it was to provide medical advice through the app. The Prime Minister also wished him on the occasion of Doctors Day and promised him that the e-sanjeevani App would be improved further with better facilities.
Anupama Dubey from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh shared her experiences on selling traditional silk sarees through Mahila e-Haat and she also explained how she uses the latest technology like digital pad and stylus to make new designs for silk sarees. Hari Ram, a migrant now living in Dehradun, Uttarakhand was excited in sharing his experience of getting rations easily through One Nation One Ration. Mehar Dutt Sharma from Dharampur, Himachal Pradesh shared his experiences how e-stores in Common Service Centres helped him in buying products from his remote village without travelling to nearby towns.
Najmeen Shah, a street vendor from Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh said PM Svanidi Yojana helped her to make an economic comeback after the pandemic. Wandamaphi Syiemlieh, a KPO employee from Meghalaya, said she was very grateful for the India BPO Scheme as she was able to work in a very secure environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.