On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi kick-started the Indian Digital Week at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi to take the power of digital to the next level, empower and enrich people’s lives. India’s top businessmen including Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani, Azim Premji, Sunil Mittal, KM Birla, Anil Agarwal and Cyrus Mistry were present and they promised their contribution to a Digital India. The project will enable an investment of Rs 4.5 lakh crore and ensure jobs for 18 lakh people.
Under the Digital India campaign, Modi announced products like Digital Locker, National Scholarship Portal, e-Hospital/ORS, e-Sign and Digitize India Platform (DIP).
The PM spoke about a Digital India where government is open and governance is transparent, where IT can be used to tackle corruption, where the world will look to India for the next big innovation, where knowledge is strength and unites people, where civilisations will be build, where optical fibres pass and a need to move from e-governance to m-governance.
The Prime Minister said that earlier, India was criticised for launching satellites, but now it was recognized that these satellites help the common man, for instance, they help farmers through accurate weather forecasting. Similarly, the Digital India initiative was aimed at improving the lives of the common man. He said that India may have missed the Industrial Revolution, but will not miss the IT revolution.
The Prime Minister assured full support to young entrepreneurs who wished to launch start-ups. He called upon the youth to innovate and said "Design in India" is as important as "Make in India." The government aims to bring in 2.5 lakh villages under broadband connectivity through the ambitious programme. As part of the programme, the Army will launch a new office automation software for offices dealing with over 12 lakh serving soldiers. For e-commerce giants, he offered India’s first e-commerce zone in Dharamshala in July 2015.
Digital India will aim to eradicate illiteracy, by simplifying the process through online medium and it will ensure that internet reaches all; even the poorest of the poor should be able to get it.
Some of the other points touched upon by Modi were his concerns on cyber security and also providing farmers with real time information which will help them, through the Digital India project.
Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries will invest over Rs 250,000 crore across Digital India pillars and create employment for over 5 lakh people.
Anil Ambani of Reliance Group commits to invest about Rs 10,000 crore over the next few years to expand its presence across digital, cloud computing and telecom space.
Anil Agarwal of Vedanta Limited revealed that Sterlite Tech will invest Rs 400 billion for manufacturing LCD panels in India.
KM Birla from Aditya Birla Group revealed that they wish to invest $7 billion in next 5 years in network rollout and infra and digital space
Bharti Group chairman Sunil Mittal promises to make meaningful contribution to the Digital India initiative by spending in excess of $16 billion over next five years on digital infrastructure.
Post the event, #DigitalIndia was trending on Twitter and by late Wednesday evening, the hashtag got around 50,000 tweets.