Stating that Digital India has created a platform enabling seamless delivery of services and has transformed itself from a project to a way of life, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has commended the ambitious programme of the ministry of electronics and IT (MeitY). Speaking via video conference after inaugurating the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) 2018 on Monday, Modi said, “Digital India has not remained merely a government initiative, but has become a way of life. Technology has transcended power point presentations and has become an inseparable part of people’s lives.” “Leveraging the technology in such a holistic manner was unthinkable some years ago. We have successfully completed this life-cycle in the last three-and-a-half years. This has been possible through change in public behaviour and processes,” he said.
Citing examples, the prime minister said that linking 32 crore Jan Dhan bank accounts with Aadhaar and mobile numbers to provide direct benefits of welfare measures has saved the country Rs 57,000 crore. Besides, MeitY’s around 2.8 lakh Common Services Centres spread across the country are bringing many digital services to people, especially those in the rural areas. About 10 lakh people work in these centres, including thousands of women entrepreneurs, he added. The PM said that in order to make people digitally literate, the government has initiated the Pradhan Mantri Rural Digital Literacy Mission, which aims to make 6 crore adults digitally literate in rural India of which around 1 crore have already been trained under the scheme.