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New Delhi : Union Minister for Law & Justice, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on October 21, 2019, unveiled a series of new initiatives by Ministry of Electronics & Information (MeitY) at the first MeitY Start-up Summit in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion,mPrasad stressed that there is great maturity in the movement called ‘Digital India’ today under the visionary leadership of PM Narendra Modi. In India’s journey of transformation, technology is playing a big role. Digital India, Make in India, startup India, Smart cities are all technology based programmes designed to reform. He further articulated the idea of Digital India which is based essentially on 3 premises. It is designed to empower, bridge the gap between digital haves, have-nots and finally technology must be low cost, developmental and produced in India.

For Digital India to be competitive, the Government must also be competitive. Towards this, entities such as NIC and STPI have to play a crucial role. Buoyed by concerted efforts over the years Digital India is now having a global resonance with many countries wanting to emulate the model, he said, according to a PIB release.

Stressing the importance of JAM Trinity, Prasadsaid with 1.24 billion Aadhar cards and 1.2 billion mobile phones are riding its own story of success in the digital inclusion. eNam, e-Visas, Digital payments all have shown tremendous maturity and growth.

Stressing the importance of startups he said that if India has to grow it can’t do without startups. He said that steps are being taken to include startups in the e-procurement portal of GoI.

Prasad stressed the need for empowering common women of India for a successful digital inclusion process. The Common Service Centres are already doing a great job in empowering women, he added.


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