Marking the New Year on a different note, millions of Indians would get a personalised greeting card from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the New Year’s Eve with a message that in 2015 the government will aim to connect entire country on a digital platform either through broadband or mobile phones.
Modi in his Independence Day speech had emphasised on “Digital India” as key to transform the country and bring in transparency in governance. Though Digital India, the government aims to bring all public services on a common digital platform and create knowledge empowered society.
The Digital India Mission will get a fillip from the Prime Minister on the New Year’s eve to elaborate on “connecting nation any-time anywhere” with special emphasis on linking every village in India with a broadband connection. In addition, the government will also focus on ensuring internet through mobile phones.
“The telecom commission has already approved money for mobile connectivity in remote areas and the work has already started,” an official said. “We are looking at end of 2015 to provide mobile connectivity in every village”.
The government sources said the Prime Minister was keen to make Digitial India a platform for providing corruption free governance with total transparency to the lowest level. The department of Information Technology has been directed by the Prime Minister’s Office to fasten the implementation process and said the funds would not be a bottleneck for the flagship programme of the government.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley had allocated Rs 200 crore for the programme in his budget for a kick-start and more money will come in the next budget.
As these steps are being taken, the PM would be delivering is a message to people across India embarking on nation connected anytime-anywhere. The IT ministry through the web-portal mygov.in has sought design from people of the e-greeting card that the PM would be emailing.
Before the New Year, Prime Minister Modi is also expected to interact with people through All India Radio (AIR) before the eve with his broad message for 2015. The officials, however, said the details of the same were to be worked out.