PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Bengaluru Tech Summit, hails Digital India as way of life

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Digital India, which was launched by the Centre in 2015, is no longer being seen as any regular government initiative but it has become a way of life.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Karnataka''s flagship annual technology event - Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020 (BTS2020) - on Thursday via video-conferencing. 

The event is to take place from November 19 to 21. It is being organised by the government of Karnataka along with Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society, the state government''s Vision Group on information technology, biotechnology and startup, and Software Technology Parks of India.

During the inauguration speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Digital India, which was launched by the Centre in 2015, is no longer being seen as any regular government initiative but it has become a way of life.

"We launched Digital India 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 the government," he said.

"Our nation has witnessed a more human-centric approach to development. Using technology on such a large scale has brought about several life changes for our citizens. The benefits are for everyone to see," he added.

The Prime Minister said that his government has successfully created a market for digital and tech solutions but it has made technology a key part of all schemes.

He added that technology is the prime reason our schemes have transcended files and changed the lives of the people at such a speed and scale.

"Through technology, we have enhanced human dignity. Crores of farmers receive monetary support in one click. At the peak of the lockdown, it was the technology that ensured that India's poor received proper and quick assistance. The scale of this relief has few parallels," he said.

"Achievements of the industrial era are in the rearview 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 added.

The Prime Minister said that India is uniquely positioned to leap ahead in the information era.

"In the industrial era, the first-mover advantage was everything. In the information era, first-mover does not matter, the best-mover does. Anyone can build a product any time that disrupts all existing equations of the market," he said.

"India is uniquely positioned to leap ahead in the information era. We have the best minds as well as the biggest market. 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," he added.

PM Modi said that the government's policy decisions are always aimed at liberalising tech & innovations industry.

"Recently, we have eased the compliance burden on the IT industry. We have always tried to engage with stakeholders in the tech industry and chart out future-proof policy frameworks for India," he said.

Speaking at the summit, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said that the state government is keen on making Karnataka the most attractive destination for investment, particularly for high-end technologies.

The summit will see the participation of Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Swiss Confederation Vice President Guy Parmelin, and many other prominent international figures.

Apart from them, thought leaders, industry captains, technocrats, researchers, innovators, investors, policy-makers and educators from India and around the world will also be participating in the summit.

This year, the theme of the summit is "Next is Now". The summit will deliberate on the key challenges emerging in the post-pandemic world with a focus on the impact of prominent technologies and innovations in the domains of 'Information Technology and Electronics' and 'Biotechnology'.
 

With inputs from ANI

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