New Delhi, July 2: Prime Minister Narendra Modi described cyber-related risks as a global threat of “bloodless war,” and called upon the nation’s IT community to serve the entire world by building credible cyber-security systems.
Speaking at the launch of the Digital India week in New Delhi here on Wednesday, the Prime Minister also exhorted the captains of India’s IT industry to boost production of electronic devices and goods in the country, as part of the “Make in India” initiative, to reduce dependence on imports.
The Prime Minister noted that it was not enough for India to say that it is an ancient civilization, and a country of 125 crore with favourable demography. He said modern technology needs to be blended with these strengths.
Reiterating his government’s resolve to not allow the Digital Divide to become a barrier between people, he outlined his vision of e-governance and mobile governance, where all important Government services are available on the mobile phone.
Modi said: “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.”
The Prime Minister said that earlier, India was criticized for launching satellites, but now it was recognized that these satellites help the common man, for instance, farmers through accurate weather forecasting.
Similarly, he said, 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 said the ‘Digital India’ mission will ensure jobs for 18 lakh people in the country, adding that mobile governance will soon be a reality.
He said: “Digital India will enable investment of Rs 4.5 lakh crore, ensure jobs for 18 lakh people,” adding “E-Governance is going to change into M-Governance or mobile governance. Mobile governance is going to be a reality soon.”
The Prime Minister also assured help to the youngsters in their start-ups.
“Why can’t we make quality electronic goods that are globally competitive? I assure all help to youngsters in start ups. I think in the times to come we will get even more active in this,” he said.
“Design in India is very important. Just like Make in India is important. The talent of our youth must be utilised. And we must focus on designing in India,” he added.
He also expressed confidence that the Digital India programme will help fulfill the dreams of crores of Indians.
“The time has changed. Back in the day when we visited someone the kid in the house used to play with your glasses or pen. Now the kids go for your phone. That’s how much technology-oriented the world has become. And we need to go with the time,” he added.
The Prime Minister also congratulated Union Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and his team, saying they had used a “comprehensive integrated approach to change India’s future”.
Prime Minister Modi further pointed out that the country’s demographic dividend must get digital strength.
“Our demographic dividend must get digital strength. We need to minimise digital divide for real development,” said the Prime Minister, adding “In the past, people lived beside rivers, then came highways, now they set up homes where optical fiber cables pass through.”
The Prime Minister unveiled the “Digital India” logo and released policy documents related to Digital India. He also felicitated two women CSC village level entrepreneurs.
Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, J.P. Nadda, Thaavar Chand Gehlot, Jual Oram, and Nirmala Sitharaman were present on the occasion.
(With Agency Inputs)