1. ‘Billions of dollars investments likely in Digital India week’

‘Billions of dollars investments likely in Digital India week’

The government is expecting investments to the tune of billions of dollars during the Digital India week which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 1.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 27, 2015 7:28 PM

The government is expecting investments to the tune of billions of dollars during the Digital India week which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 1.

“As per estimates are concerned, we expect billions of dollars investment (in Digital India week),” Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reports here while announcing details of the event.

Business leaders like Airbus India CEO Peter Gutsmiedl, RIL Chairman and MD Mukesh Ambani, Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry, Bharti Enterprises Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal, Wipro Chairman Azim Premji, Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani, Sterlite Technologies Chairman Anil Agarwal, Adiya Birla Group Chairman Kumaramangalam Birla have confirmed their participation in the programme.

Foreign firm Nidec Corporation Vice Chairman Mikio Katayama, Delta Electronics CEO Ping Cheng have also confirmed to participate in the programme.

Modi will present the government’s roadmap for digitising India at the event that is expected to be attended by 10,000 guests.

The Prime Minister will also unveil various government schemes under the Digital India programme like Digital Locker, e-eduction and e-health during the event.

Last year, the government had approved the programme comprising various projects worth over Rs 1 lakh crore to transform the country into a digitally empowered knowledge economy.

Prasad added that the ministry also reached out to Microsoft’s Bill Gates and CEO Satya Nadella along with Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy, but they will not be able to attend due to other engagements.

“We have invited people from the field of technology, people working for common service centres, students and IT ministers from across the country. The huge crowd that we expect to be there will be a miniature representation of technical empowerment of people,” Prasad said.

The Digital India programme includes projects that aim to ensure government services are available to citizens electronically so that people get benefit of the latest information and communication technology.

The Ministry of Communications and IT is the nodal agency to implement the programme.

During the Digital India week, apart from the national launch by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there will also be state level events conducted in the presence of either Chief Ministers or high level dignitaries, an official statement said.

District-level events are being conducted across more than 600 districts and activities are also being conducted with industry collaboration in 314 locations, it added.

“The total number of services and products being launched across the country is 251,” the statement said.

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    AS Muthu
    Jun 27, 2015 at 7:45 pm
    Before we start talking about Digital India, Mr Prasad has to make sure our Telecom infrastructure is in good shape, which is not now. Frequent mobile call drops have become such a concern and the Telecom Industry has not done much to address this issue. Mr Prasad is a good lawyer & BJP Spokesperson, but his performance as IT & Comm Minister is below standards.

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