PM Modi unfurls his Digital India Dream
He pitched for a digital revolution in the country and exhorted the industry to boost domestic production of electronic devices, which account for second largest imports, under the ‘Make in India’ programme.
Inaugurating ‘Digital India Week’ here, he said digitalisation of all government work is essential to deal with problems like corruption, help provide transparent and efficient governance and bridge the rich-poor divide. Highlighting the country’s potential in <g data-gr-id="55">IT</g> sector, Modi called upon the Indian youth to innovate and go for “Design in India”. He promised government support to ‘start ups’ and said India has the potential of becoming the second country after the USA in this area.
“We have to move from E-governance to <g data-gr-id="50">M-governance</g>. M-governance does not mean Modi governance. It means Mobile governance,” he said at a function here which was attended by several ministers, top Indian industrialists and CEOs of some global companies besides a few BJP leaders like L K Advani who sat among the audience. Modi, who himself is tech-savvy, talked about the advantages of IT but at the same time said that “clouds of a bloodless war are hovering” over the world.
“The world is terrified by this....India has a big role to play in this. Can India play this big role? India has talent. Can India provide a shield to the world by providing innovative and credible solutions? Why should we not have such a confidence? We should accept this challenge to ensure that the entire humanity lives in peace,” he said.
Mentioning the dangers posed to cyber security, Modi said, “somebody, with education of 10th or 12th class, sitting thousands of miles away, can clean up your bank account with a click of mouse.” This situation needs to be addressed.
Noting that India had lagged when the world went through the industrial revolution, the Prime Minister said he dreams of a ‘Digital India’ where government services are easily available to citizens on mobile devices and barriers between the rich and the poor are removed.
“I dream of a Digital India where government proactively engages with people through social media... I dream of Digital India where cyber security becomes <g data-gr-id="53">integral</g> part of national security...I dream of a digital India where High-speed Digital Highways unite the Nation, 1.2 billion connected Indians drive innovation,” he said, reminding the audience of the historical speech of Martin Luther King.
Citing advantages of IT, Modi said it helps in dealing with problems like corruption. The function was attended by Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, J P Nadda, <g data-gr-id="43">Thaavar</g> Chand Gehlot, Jual Oram and Nirmala Sitharaman.
The India Inc. was represented by RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani, ADAG Chairman Anil Ambani, Bharati Enterprises Chairman Sunil Mittal, Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry, Aditya Birla Group chief Kumarmangalam Birla, Wipro’s Azim Premji.