Hyderabad: Prime Minister Narender Modi said that the India not only have a growing number of innovative entrepreneurs, but also a growing market for tech innovation.
“We were and we remain one of the most tech friendly populations in the world. With over one lakh villages linked with optical fiber,121 crore Mobile phones, 120 crore Aadhaar and 50 crore internet users, India is best placed to leverage the power of technology and leap-frog into the future while ensuring empowerment of every citizen.
Digital India is a journey bringing about digital inclusion for digital empowerment aided by digital infrastructure for digital delivery of services. Leveraging technology in such a holistic manner was unthinkable some years ago,” the Prime Minister said while addressing the inaugural sessions of World Conference on IT through video-conference here on Monday.
The Prime Minister said India was home to ancient, rich and diverse cultures, through which runs an under-lying theme of unity. “The concept of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – the world is one family” is deeply imbibed in Indian philosophy. “It reflects our inclusive traditions. In the twenty-first century, technology is becoming an enabler or this concept.
It helps us create a seam-less, integrated world. A world where geographical distances no longer remains a barrier in collaborating for a better future. Today, India is the hotspot of digital innovation, across all sectors,” he said.
Modi said India has successfully completed this life-cycle in the last three-and-a-half years. This has been possible through a change in public behavior and processes. “Digital India has not remained merely a Government initiative, but has become a way of life.
Technology has transcended power-point presentations and has become an inseparable part of people’s lives. While most Government initiatives depend on a Government push, Digital India is succeeding because of the people’s pull.
The JAM trinity of combining 320 million Jan Dhan bank accounts of poor with Aadhaar and Mobile with direct benefits of welfare measures has saved Rupees 57 thousand Crores. Around 22 million digital hospital transactions across 172 hospitals in India are bringing comfort in the lives of patients.
The National Scholarship Portal for easy Scholarships today has 14 million students registered on it. eNAM- an online agriculture market offering the best prices to the farmers has 6.6 million farmers registered and 470 agriculture markets connected.
Digital payments through BHIM-UPI has registered transactions of Rupees fifteen thousand Crore in January 2018,” he said adding that the unique Umang app launched only three months back is already offering 185 Government services,” he said.
The Prime Minister said today 2.8 lakh Common Services Centers are there in different parts of the country giving many digital services to people. About 10 lakh people work in these centers, including thousands of women entrepreneurs. In order to leverage the skills & talent of our youth,BPOs have started operating from places like Kohima and Imphal in North East India to areas of Jammu and Kashmir.
86 Units across 27 states and Union territories have already become operational and many more are likely to come up soon. To ensure digital literacy in every house-hold, we have initiated a Pradhan Mantri Rural Digital Literacy Missionto make 60 million adults digitally literate in rural India. Under this10 million people have already been trained, he said.
PM Modi said India has come a long way with the convergence of Make In India and Digital India. From only two mobile manufacturing units in India in 2014, today there are 118 units operational in India, including some of the best global brands.
Government e-Market-place has been developed as the National Procurement Portal of India. It enables small and medium enterprises to compete in meeting the procurement requirements of the Government. This simple IT framework has improved transparency in Government procurement.
It has also speeded up procurement processes, and empowered thousands of small and medium enterprises, he said.
“Yesterday, at Mumbai University, I had the opportunity to dedicate to the nation, the Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence. This is an independent, non-profit research institute, with a mission of Artificial Intelligence for Social Good.
A few days ago,in Dubai,at the World Government Summit, I had the opportunity to visit an exhibition on the “Museum of the Future.” This has been planned as an incubator for ideas, and a driver for innovation. I appreciate the pioneers of technology, some of whom are in the audience today, for the work they are doing.
They are helping to secure a better, more comfortable future for humanity. We stand today, at the cusp of the fourth Industrial Revolution. Technology, if used well for public good, can deliver lasting prosperity to mankind and a sustainable future for our planet. It is in this context, that will place the World Conference on Information Technology, in India today,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that new technologies must be embedded in various operations and processes of a business entity. “How can we prepare our millions of small and medium businesses for this transformation, in a short time? Keeping in mind the importance of innovation, in the future of economy and business, the Government of India has launched the Start-up India initiative.
We believe our start ups are the key to finding viable and economical solutions across sectors and verticals. Under the Atal Innovation Mission, we are building Atal Tinkering Labs in schools across India. The objective of this scheme is to foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds,” he said. (INN)