PM hails Digital India as way of life at Bengaluru Tech Summit

New Delhi (NVI): 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 today said.

While virtually addressing Bengaluru Tech Summit, 2020, PM Modi said, “His governance model is Technology First.”

Modi inaugurated the summit that will deliberate on the key challenges emerging in the post-pandemic world.

“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.

The Prime Minister further said, “It is time for tech solutions that are designed in India but deployed for the world.”

“India as a country 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,” he added.

“Thanks to Digital India, 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.

“Through technology, we have enhanced human dignity. Cores of farmers receive monetary support in one click. At the peak of the lockdown, it was technology that ensured that India‚Äôs poor received proper & quick assistance. the scale of this relief has few parallels,” he said.

He further said, “Achievements of the industrial era are in the rear view mirror, and now, we are in the middle of information era. Future is coming sooner than anticipated In the industrial era, change was linear. But in the information era, change is disruptive”.

The event is being organised by the Karnataka government along with Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society (KITS), the state government’s Vision Group on Information Technology, Biotechnology & StartUp, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) and MM Activ Sci-Tech Communications.

This year the theme of the summit is ‘Next is Now’ and is scheduled from November 19 to 21.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Swiss Confederation vice president Guy Parmelin and many other prominent international figures besides thought leaders, industry captains, technocrats, researchers, innovators, investors, policymakers and educators from India and abroad will be participating in the summit.

-CHK