The five Digital India stories you must read today
1. Govt, India Inc ‘log in’ to give digital push to governance, jobs
The PM has said that the digital India initiative is a good complement to the government’s flagship scheme ‘Make in India’ which aims to give an in-suit thrust to the manufacturing sector. He said the campaign will not only help in rooting out corruption but provide a broad road map for India’s development.
2. India Inc pledges 4.5 lakh crore for digital India
Top industrialists including Reliance Industries’ chairman Mukesh Ambani and Vedanta chairman Anil Agarwal have pledged investments amounting to Rs 4.5 lakh crore for the PM’s Digital India programmed. While Ambani announced investments of Rs 2,50,000 crore, a part of which will go into a retail network of 1.5 lakh stores, and rest help set up a start-up fund, Vedanta’s investments will include set up of a LCD panel fab unit, which he expects will employ 50,000 people and reduce India’s electronic imports by 20 per cent.
3. Easier said than done: Center, states disagree over laying fiber network
While the campaign itself may have got off to a rousing start, there are some hurdles, in connection with the National Optical Fiber Network, a vital component of the initiative. According to officials involved in the exercise, the NOFN project — envisaged as a Center-State joint effort where states were expected to contribute by way of waiving off right-of-way charges — is way behind schedule and unlikely to be completed by its deadline of December 2016.
4. Digital India will help push economic growth, says Arun Jaitley
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, one of the senior most members of the Modi cabinet, stressed that the campaign will help in furthering economic growth in India and empower the country. He pointed to the success of the Jan Dhan Yojana, the financial inclusion programmed, and said that this campaign will be similarly successful.
5. Key projects launched at Digital India event
The launch of the Digital India week also saw the announcement of new projects as part of the campaign. Digital Locker system, MyGov.in and Swacch Bharat Mission mobile app are some of the projects revealed to the public. Governance remains a focus area of the nationwide campaign.