Industrialists pledge billions as PM launches Digital India

A momentous occasion in the history of modern India, says industry leader Mukesh Ambani

GN Bureau | July 1, 2015


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Prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched Digital India initiative in the presence of top industrialist of the country and an audience of nearly 10,000 people.

While sharing the vision of the prime minister on the potential of digital India, the industrialists announced investment of billions of rupees and pledged to support the campaign. Modi also unveiled a logo for Digital India, which seeks to transform India into a digitally-empowered, knowledge economy with a host of initiatives for a synchronised and coordinated engagement of the government and its agencies.

Here are some of the highlights of the programme:

Digital India portal and apps to connect citizens with the government.

Digitize India platform to digitize all documents. Will generate more employment.

Digital locker, online scholarships and e-healthcare services are being unveiled

BSNL announces major initiatives for connecting India through internet. New Wi-Fi hotspots and advanced networks to connect panchayats.

Aadhar integration with mobile number for authentication is being introduced

National Digital Literacy Mission to promote digital literacy among 3 crore plus Indians.

Digital India aims to connect entire country through broadband by 2019.

Industrialist Mukesh Ambani at Digital India function: This is a momentous occasion in the history of modern India. Digitisation is changing how we live, work. Digital India empowers youth to fulfill their aspirations. Reliance Industries to invest 2.5 trillion rupees across Digital India pillars, create employment for over 5 lakh people. Jio Digital start up fund to provide platform for young Indians to set up new businesses.

Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry: The Government of India's Digital India programme has been received overwhelmingly & with enthusiasm by industry. Digital India will help India create a knowledgeable society. I congratulate PM for setting up Digital India to provide governance in real time and digitally empowering citizens. I commit Tata Group's wholehearted participation to make this a century of India innovation.

Wipro chairman Azim Premji: The vision of PM for digital India is a very powerful one. It is a first step forward to empower citizens with technology. This will democratize interactions between citizens and the government. We at Wipro are committed to work with the government to make digitisation of India a great success. "India Today + Information Technology = India Tomorrow has become a staple mantra of IT firms.

Adity Birla group chairman Kumarmangalam Birla: PM has articulated a bold vision for our digital future. We applaud this momentous launch. Aim to invest $7 bn in next five years on network. Plan to leverage and connect with our CSR network in services such as healthcare and education. Intend to build a ‘bharat connect’; plan to assemble; connect with 10 million people across villages.

Bharati group and Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal: This initiative can transform the nation in the shortest possible timeframe. Who better to lead it than our PM. Mr. Modi understands the power of technology and how it can transform the nation, connect the nation in shortest timeframe. We at Airtel are fully committed to the PM's vision. We commit to spend in excess of Rs 100,000 cr in the next 5 years. We will take 4G to the masses. Build further, deeper IT infrastructure in rural and urban India.

Vedanta chief Anil Agarwal: Congratulate PM  Narendramodi on launch of Digital India, proud to be associated with this initiative. Sterlite Tech will work to contribute to the Digital India drive.

Industrialist Anil Ambani: The great India story has been powered by 3 Ds: Demographics, Democracy and Demand. Last year, we as a nation have added another D - Decisiveness under the leadership of PM. Digital India is an initiative to connect the nation like never before, even as we build our physical infrastructure. A crucial precondition of the success of this mission is the availability of unlimited cloud computing power. Personally signed up for the digital locker today, will promote it so that others are also encouraged to do so. Reliance Group to invest Rs 10,000 crore over next few years across digital, cloud and telecom space.

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