Modi launches Digital India, business leaders pledge Rs 4.5 lakh cr

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 01, 2015 20:31 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the ‘Digital India Week’ aimed at promoting e-governance with eminent industrialists promising 4.5 lakh crore rupees in investments and 18 lakh jobs in the sector.

“We have to move from e-governance to m-governance. M-governance does not mean Modi governance but mobile governance,” the Prime Minister said at a function in Delhi.

“I dream of a digital India where government is open and governance is transparent,” he added.

Modi also said India should take a lead in assuring cyber security, as threat of a “bloodless cyber warfare” is threatening nations.

The country needs to minimise the digital divide for real development and to eliminate corruption, he said.

Speaking at the launch , Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani said he has plans to invest Rs 2.5 lakh crore rupees across digital India pillars.

Ambani, whose Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd is set to launch telephony and broadband services by December, said infrastructure for all-IP next-generation, wireless broadband infrastructure across all the 29 states is being laid.

Aditya Birla Group will invest Rs 44,500 crores in the next five years in network rollout and infra and digital space, group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla said .

Anil Ambani's Reliance Group committed to invest about Rs 10,000 crore over the next few years to expand its presence across digital, cloud computing and telecom space.

Airtel’s Sunil Mittal committed to Rs 1 lakh crore in next 5 years in digital space, saying the group will work towards taking 4G to the masses.

Ping Cheng CEO of Taiwan-based Delta Electronic said his company is looking invest Rs 3180 crore in India over the next 10 years and create over 20,000 new jobs.

Tata group chairman Cyrus Mistry too extended all help for the project by promising to hire 60,000 jobs this year.


PM Modi launches 'transformative' Digital India project

The Digital India project, a campaign promise of the BJP, includes broadband connectivity in all panchayats, wi-fi in all schools and universities and public wi-fi hotspots in all important cities by 2019.

It will be deployed in delivering services in areas like health, education, agriculture and banking.

Mining giant Vedanta Resources Plc, is the non-executive chairman of Sterlite Technologies Ltd (STL) which is involved majorly in laying the optical fibre network to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchyats.

As a part of the launch, 10 village panchayats in Indore will be connected to high-speed internet service, while work on connecting 335 others is almost complete, according to a BSNL official.

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