Date
30 March 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures while addressing a gathering during the launch of "Digital India" campaign in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures while addressing a gathering during the launch of "Digital India" campaign in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Modi launches ‘Digital India’ campaign

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched a campaign to boost last mile digital connectivity across the nation, aiming to empower the citizens and create a knowledge society.

Inaugurating the ambitious “Digital India” project, Modi spoke of the need to bridge the digital divide and improve the quality of life in rural India.

He also urged Indian companies to step up investments in the electronics sector.

“Why can’t we make quality electronic goods that are globally competitive?” Modi said in a speech, highlighting his goal of ending net technology and electronics imports by 2020, Reuters reported.

The government’s tech push aims to empower rural India and ramp up investments in manufacturing at a faster rate.

Under the Digital India initiative, 250,000 villages across the nation will be connected by high-speed fiber optics.

India had just a little over 100 million broadband subscribers at the end of April, out of a population of close to 1.3 billion, according to the sector regulator.

A telecom ministry panel said in March it wants the digital push to establish affordable broadband connectivity of 2 Mbps to 20 Mbps “for all households” by 2017.

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