After Union Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad informed about the launch of Digital India week by PM Narendra Modi, today (on 1st july,2015),the PM officially kicked-off the "Digital India Week" with an aim to empower the people of the country through the Digital India Programme.
It aims at encouraging people’s involvement and creating awareness among them with the use of information technology and its tools. Top Industry leaders like Cyrus Mistry, Mukesh Ambani, Azim Premji, Pawan Munjal, Sunil Mittal, Kumar Manglam Birla and Anil Ambani were present at the launch.
The Prime Minister also unveiled a logo for Digital India, an umbrella programme that seeks to transform India into a digitally-empowered, knowledge economy with a host of initiatives for a synchronized and coordinated engagement of the government and its agencies.
For this scheme, the Prime Minister has already been named chairman of a high-powered monitoring committee and all existing and ongoing e-governance initiatives will be revamped to align them with the larger principles of "Digital India”.
The initiative comprises of various initiatives under the single programme each targeted to prepare India for becoming a knowledge economy and for bringing good governance to citizens through synchronized and co-ordinated engagement of the entire Government.
The larger goal of Digital India includes broadband connectivity to all village panchayats, Wi-fi in all the schools and universities and public wi-fi hotspots in all important cities by 2019. It will be deployed in delivering services in areas like health, education, agriculture and banking.
The project is expected to attract over a billion dollars in Foreign Direct Investment and generate thousands of jobs, according to telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.