PM Modi Bats for Digital India for the Country’s Economic Advancement

October 8th, 2017 | by eBangla Bureau
PM Modi Bats for Digital India for the Country’s Economic Advancement
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PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday strongly defended digitization of the Indian economy to reduce corruption in all spheres of life and called upon the people to become digitally literate for acquiring knowledge and global citizens. “Work is underway to spread digital literacy to every part of India, among all age groups.” In the age of internet, India cannot afford to have a digital divide. “A Digital India guarantees transparency, effective service delivery and good governance”, he said and added “Digital technology, digital literacy, and digital India should be the focus of a good government.”The PM, who was addressing a gathering at the Indian Institute of Technology at Gandhinagar, said “You are IITians, I was a Teaian when I was young (I sold tea). On this day, a few years ago, I took oath as Chief Minister for the first time. Till then, I had never even been a Member of Legislative Assembly. I had decided that whatever I will do, I will do to the best of my abilities. If I had decided to built an IIT  at Gandhinagar earlier, some people would have criticised me the way they criticised the bullet trains and would have said that the focus needs to be on something else in Gujarat. But today, I am happy that this campus is at an equivalent height in comparison to the other IITs in the country.”He recalled that 70 per cent of the faculty of IIT, Gandhinagar, have been trained at premier institutions abroad. He expressed the hope that IITians would work towards making various innovations possible. “Today we are working on solar energy, renewable energy, climate change, and we are trying to compete with the world in this regard. Why shouldn’t we innovate more on these lines by which we save energy and utilise them at minimal cost.” Modi said Gujarat is the only Indian State having a forensic science university. Ten private universities and ten government universities would be put on a challenge route. We will invest 1,000 crores on each of them. We will relax the rules and give them the liberty and independence to make their own decisions. We will do whatever it takes to turn them into the 20 top universities, the PM said.

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