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Digital India – from a citizen’s perspective!

What is it? Digital India, a 1.13 lakh-crore project, initiated by our Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi on 1st July 2015 is a welcome initiative by the PM after Clean India and Make in India initiatives.

Why is it? From the words of Mr. PM himself, “I dream of a digital India where high-speed digital highways unite the nation; 1.2 billion connected Indians drive innovation; technology ensures the citizen-government interface is incorruptible,” and to fulfill his many other dreams for making India a digitally better place.

Digital India – is a huge step forward, with 1.13 crore investment. But ultimately, all we need to know is, what we get as an Indian citizen? or simply put, what’s in it for me?

Many new projects have been introduced as a part of Digital India Programme. Each project has been crafted to improve different aspects of our country’s processes. From Agriculture to Internet of Things, everything plays a crucial role in our day-to-day lives, directly or indirectly.

The Projects: Below is a collection of all important project initiatives as mentioned by the PM.

The Investors:

The Government of India is investing 1.13 lakh-crore in this project. The big billionaires of India have promised of investing 4.5  lakh-crore in the Digital India project.

Chairman of Relaince Industries, Mukesh Ambani said  that  his company will invest 2.5 lakh-crore across different  projects of Digital India Programme. He has also announced  of ‘Jio Digital India Start Up Fund’ to support young  entrepreneurs who are commencing up enterprises focused  around  the Digital India programme.


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Kumar Mangalam Birla, the Chairman of Aditya Birla Group and owner of Idea Cellular Ltd. said, his company will launch a mobile wallet and payment bank as well as invest over $2 billion in the next five years in areas such as electronic manufacturing, energy storage, Internet of Things and development of smart cities, a report by Economic Times said.

Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of Bharti Enterprises, said his company would build on India’s existing extensive telecom network and spend over Rs 1 lakh crore in the next five years.
Anil Ambani of Reliance Communications is investing 10,000 crores in the project across telecom, cloud and digital projects.
And Vedanta Resources chairman Anil Agarwal has promised of investing 40,000 crores to set up an LCD fab.
Pic. Courtesy: Hindustan Times

Pic. Courtesy: Hindustan Times

Job Opportunities: The whole Digital India Programme will be providing jobs to 18 lakh young Indians. To support e-Governance, TCS is promised of hiring 60,000 employees this year.
Aditya Birla Group is working on new initiatives to mentor entrepreneurs to digitize their product and service and hence creating a million job opportunities, the chairman of Aditya Birla Group said. The initiative by Anil Agarwal of Vedanta Group is said to be providing 50,000 new jobs.
Thoughts: Everything about Digital India project looks very promising with high hopes and focus on the youth of India. But, as long as it keeps up the promise and stay off corruption, and focus on the purpose, it will make India a better place for information and employment. Having all that said, we will hope that it would.

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Poovendhiran Mohanan

I Get fascinated by technology that makes me think. An early adpater and explorer of tech.

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