PM Narendra Modi to launch Digital India Week on July 1

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 28, 2015 00:27 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch Digital India Week on July 1 with top industrialists from India and abroad announcing a slew of investment plans for digital India, at an event to be attended by 10,000 people.

Microsoft’s Bill Gates and CEO Satya Nadella and Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy will give a miss to the event due to their prior engagements.

Telecommunications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday gave a preview of the Digital India Week, which he said will be a game changer, from the perspective of delivery of pro-citizen good governance with synchronized and coordinated engagement of the entire government with the people.

However, there is no clarity, if the government plans to track in a systemic manner, all the promises to be made by the corporate leaders at the event. “I do not see any reason why I should not believe them,” Prasad said.

A note distributed by the ministry said, “Activities under the Digital India initiative is being carefully monitored by the Prime Minister as the chairman of monitoring committee on Digital India.”

Digital India has been envisioned as an ambitious umbrella programme to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The vision of Digital India is centered on three key areas - digital infrastructure as a utility to every citizen, governance and services on demand and digital empowerment of citizens.

The estimated impact of Digital India by 2019 would be cross cutting, ranging from broadband connectivity in all panchayats, Wi-Fi in schools and universities and public Wi-Fi hotspots. The programme aims to generate IT, telecommunications and electronics jobs, both directly and indirectly. “The thrust of this programme is to make India a leader in usage of IT in delivery of services related to various domains such as health, education, agriculture, banking,” said Prasad.

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