- PM Modi elaborated on the significance of DigiLocker
- Digital India also helped to create various online portals for both education and healthcare facilities
- Indian farmers have also benefitted through the, ‘One India, One MSP’ scheme under Digital India
Today, on the occasion of completing 6 years of Digital India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with several beneficiaries of Digital India across the country. They interacted and shared their experiences with various schemes under Digital India. PM underlined that Digital India is a part of his Aatma Nirbhar Bharat initiative.
Emphasizing the principles of ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance,’ he added that the need of the hour is to bridge the gap between the government and the public, and also increase the convenience of the public.
Addressing the event, PM Modi mentioned the ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ scheme from which, all the migrant workers are benefiting. Citing the example of ‘DigiLocker’, he explained how effective Digital India has been. The DigiLocker helps to store all the important documents such as school and college documents, Aadhar, PAN, and Voter ID cards.
Last year due to COVID-19, everything had come to a halt due to sudden lockdown, and all educational institutions were shut down. However, the government had introduced online platforms to continue studies. Even several online platforms were introduced by the Centre for various health care facilities benefitting crores of Indians.” Digital India has played a key role in providing healthcare facilities far and wide,” he added.
PM Modi also appreciated the CoWin app and informed that it attracted interest from several countries across the globe. “A monitoring tool such as CoWin for vaccination drives is a testament to our technological strengths,” he said. Adding to this, PM Modi reiterated that during the pandemic when developed nations failed, India continued to help its needy via DBT, an amount that stood at around Rs 7 lakh crore.
Reportedly, several tech companies from India will join the unicorn club. “This shows the opportunities the joint power of data and demographic dividend are bringing to us,” PM Modi said.
Several farmers across India also benefitted through the ‘One India, One MSP,’ scheme under Digital India. He highlighted that under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, nearly one lakh thirty-five crore has been distributed in the bank accounts of more than 10 crore families. Moreover, this year about Ra. 85,000 crore of record procurement of wheat has directly reached the bank accounts of the farmers.
Under the Digital India Mission, he added that more focus was given on the scale and speed of infrastructure development. Nearly 2.5 lakh CSCs in villages in India have taken the internet to places where it was deemed difficult some time back, he added.
Lastly, PM Modi mentioned that yesterday marked the 4-year completion of GST. Despite the pandemic, the GST has been crossing the mark of one lakh crore rupees continuously for 8 months. He added that presently, 28 lakh entrepreneurs are taking the advantage of GST.