Digital India to provide 20-30% increase in India’s GDP by 2025: Alphons

The cloud storage service, DigiLocker, is now being used by four million users, said the minister

GN Bureau | October 16, 2017


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(Illustration: Ashish Asthana)
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Digital India program has the potential to provide an incremental 20-30 percent increase in India’s GDP by 2025. Since its launch in July 2015, significant progress has been made in several initiatives under Digital India, said union minister KJ Alphons.

Several of the flagship projects under the program have now moved from the planning phase to the execution phase. The progress made in these projects and across the three vision areas of Digital India has started to show an impact on the lives of citizens and on businesses, said Alphons while inaugurating ASSOCHAM 13th National Summit on e-Governance & Digital India in New Delhi.

Several applications and services that have been developed have seen significant adoption. The cloud storage service, DigiLocker, is now being used by four million users. The MyGov application which provides a platform for citizens to interact with the government is used by over one million users to interact with the government, said Alphons.

“Digital India biggest revolution happening in world,” said Alphons.

Digital technology is playing a vital role in leapfrogging our country to the next stage of development. It is bridging the gaps in financial and social inclusion with initiatives such as Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). Digital is plugging the gaps in physical infrastructure to some extent with projects such as online courses. Thus, technology is an enabler for our country to progress socially and economically. The thrust is now to take these benefits of technology from block level to district level, said Alphons.

“Digital India is an umbrella programme that covers multiple government ministries and departments. It weaves together a large number of ideas and thoughts into a single, comprehensive vision so that each of them can be implemented as part of a larger goal.”

Our government has laid unprecedented emphasis on innovation and technology. The three flagship programs namely Digital India, Skill India and Start-up India are all focused on it, noted Alphons.

With over 300 million broadband subscribers in India and over 1186 million wireless telephone connections, India is fast moving up the ladder of digitisation.

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