Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020: Digital India mission has become a way of life, says PM Modi

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  At the peak of the COVID-19 lockdown, it was technology that ensured that India's poor received proper and quick assistance, he said

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the ‘Digital India’ mission launched by the Centre five years ago is no longer being seen as any regular government initiative and it has instead become a way of life.

He was speaking after inaugurating the Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020 on Thursday.

“We launched Digital India Mission 5 years back. Today, I am glad to say that Digital India is no longer being seen as any regular government initiative. Digital India has become a way of life. Particularly, for the poor, marginalised and for those in government,” said Modi.

He said that nation has witnessed a more human centric approach to development and using technology on such a large scale has brought about several life changes for the citizens adding the benefits are for everyone to see.

“Our government has successfully created a market for digital and tech solutions, but it has made technology a key part of all schemes. Our governance model is technology first. Through technology, we have enhanced human dignity,” said the prime minister. 

Talking about the benefits that technology brought, he said that millions of farmers received monetary support in one click.  At the peak of the COVID-19 lockdown, it was technology that ensured that India's poor received proper and quick assistance, he added. 

“The scale of this relief has few parallels. If India is successfully operating the world's largest healthcare scheme, Ayushman Bharat, it is due to a big role of technology.  This scheme has specially helped the poor of India,” he said. 

Now, they no longer have to worry about access to top quality and affordable  healthcare in any part of India, he said.

The Prime Minister said that when it comes to technology, the way ahead lies in learning and growing together and following the approach, several incubation centres are opening in India. He also pointed to the culture of hackathons which have been organised in India over the past few years.

Talking about the transition from industrial to the information era, Modi said, “Achievements of the industrial era are in the rear-view mirror, and now, we are in the middle of the information era. Future is coming sooner than anticipated. In the industrial era, change was linear. But in the information era, change is disruptive.” He said that in the industrial era first-movers had an advantage over others. However, in the information era the best-mover races ahead, Modi said.

Hailing India’s IT sector, the Prime Minister said, “Our local tech solutions have the potential to go global. It is time for tech-solutions that are Designed in India but Deployed for the World.”

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