Digital India is now a way of life
‘Technology first’ is our governance model, India’s local solutions can go global
- Digital India mission, launched five years ago, is not being seen as any regular government initiative and has now become a way of life, especially for the poor and marginalised and those in the government. A virtual address at Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020.
- Prime Minister asserted that ‘technology first’ was their governance model.
- With the rapid increase in the use of technology, data protection as well as cybersecurity has become very important.
- Youth to play a big role in devising robust cybersecurity solutions which, could effectively “vaccinate digital products against cyberattacks and viruses”.
- Digital India is a campaign launched by the Government of India in order to ensure the Government's services are made available to citizens electronically by improved online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity or making the country digitally empowered in the field of technology.
- The initiative includes plans to connect rural areas with high-speed internet networks.
- Digital India consists of three core components: the development of secure and stable digital infrastructure, delivering government services digitally, and universal digital literacy.
- Launched on 1 July 2015, by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi, it is both enabler and beneficiary of other key Government of India schemes, such as BharatNet, Make in India, Startup India and Standup India, industrial corridors, Bharatmala, Sagarmala.
- As of 31 December 2018, India had a population of 130 crore people (1.3 billion), 123 crore (1.23 billion) Aadhaar digital biometric identity cards, 121 crore (1.21 billion) mobile phones, 44.6 crore (446 million) smartphones, 56 crore (560 million) internet users up from 481 million people (35% of the country's total population) in December 2017, and 51 per cent growth in e-commerce.