The Minister for Communications & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that seven and half lakh kilometers of cable is proposed to be laid over next three and half years to provide broadband in every village of the country. Interacting with contributors of ideas for ‘Digital India’ project in New Delhi, he said that the project aims at digital empowerment of people and will be a game changer. The minister pointed out that there is a need to sensitize people about the power of technology. Various other practical benefits will also be available to villages through internet which might be global but will have to be locally of benefit. India now has about 30 crore internet users and is crossing the number of internet users even in the US, which is the second largest internet users in the world now after China.
Prasad said electronic manufacturing is also sought to be promoted in a big way in the country. He pointed out that while in urban India mobile connectivity is 146% , it is only about 46% in rural areas. Such an urban- rural divide is sought to be bridged now the minister said.
He complimented all the contributors towards various themes on MyGov, an internet-based platform for citizen engagement, launched by the Prime Minister. The innovative platform allows people from all walks of life to participate in policy formulation and execution, as well as share their perceptions directly with the Prime Minister of India. The main objective of MyGov is to establish a link between citizens and government. Its aim is to empower people for contributing towards Surajya. Over the past four months since its launch, the citizen engagement platform, MyGov has witnessed over 6,55,000 registrations.
There are 19 groups for seeking ideas on different specific subjects. Digital India is one such group created by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology for people to come out with innovative ideas and practical solutions to realise government’s vision of a digital India. Over 1,70,000 members are part of the “Digital India” group on MyGov.