Digital India programme has the potential to provide an incremental 20-30% increase in India’s GDP by 2025, since its launch in July 2015, significant progress has been made in several initiatives under Digital India, Minister of State, Ministry of Electronics and IT, KJ Alphons said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi today.
Several of the flagship projects under the programme 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 an ASSOCHAM 13th National Summit on e-Governance & Digital India.
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 in the rural areas, said Alphons.
“Digital India is an umbrella programme that covers multiple 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,” the Minister further said.
With the increase in internet penetration and availability of resources, many emerging technologies such as cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), e-Commerce, mobile applications etc have revolutionised the world of digitisation.
With over 300 million broadband subscribers in India and over 1,186 million wireless telephone connections, India is fast moving up the ladder of digitisation. Be it smart grids and smart meters, smart water distribution system, intelligent traffic system, home automation, wearable devices in e-Health domain, digital identity, no one is untouched from digital technologies.
Dr Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary, Department of Electronics and IT said, we are working on new policy, which will further spur electronics manufacturing. He said, we are also coming out with cyber security product procurement policy, which will give preference to domestic industry.
Electronics manufacturing has significantly grown in the last couple of years. We are in a position to become a significant player in electronics, added Kumar.