PM Modi inaugurates World Congress on IT, calls India a hot-spot of digital innovation
Modi said India had made a great leap forward in digital technology, with one lakh villages connected through optical fibre network and more than 100 crore people using mobile phones.Updated: Feb 19, 2018 17:40 IST
Describing India as the hot-spot of digital innovation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was the best place to leverage the power of technology and leapfrog into the future.
Modi was speaking after inaugurating the World Conference on Information Technology (WCIT-2018) in Hyderabad through video-conferencing from Delhi. The event is being held for the first time in India in partnership with NASSCOM, WITSA and the government of Telangana.
Modi said India had made a great leap forward in digital technology, with one lakh villages connected through optical fibre network, more than 100 crore people using mobile phones, 121 crore people with Aadhaar connections and 50 crore internet users.
“We not only possess 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 nations in the world. Digital India is a journey bringing about digital inclusion for digital empowerment aided by digital infrastructure for digital delivery of services,” he said.
Modi said the Digital India programme has not remained just a government initiative but has become a way of life for the people. “It has gone beyond being a government initiative and has become an inseparable part of people’s lives. It is helping in inclusive growth of the nation. While most government initiatives depended on a government push, Digital India is succeeding because of the people’s pull,” he said.
The Prime Minister said technology was becoming an enabler for the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (world is one family). “It helps us create a seamless, integrated world, a world where geographical distance no longer remains a barrier in collaborating for a better future,” he said.
Modi said India had come a long way with the convergence of Make in India and Digital India. From only two mobile factories in India in 2014, today there are 118 mobile manufacturing factories operational in India, including some of the best global brands, he said.
Union minister for IT and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad explained the initiatives taken by the Centre for the promotion of IT sector in the country. He urged IT companies to keep the interests of common man in mind while coming out with innovations in technology. He also called for ethical values in technological innovations.
Welcoming the gathering, Telangana IT minister K T Rama Rao explained the various infrastructure solutions the government is creating to make Digital Telangana a reality. He said Telangana is the second largest IT exporter in India and employs half a million people directly.
“Ideal location, favourable climate, presence of educational institutions have attracted best IT firms like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Uber, Salesforce and many more,” he said.
First Published: Feb 19, 2018 14:29 IST