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Foundation of Digital India was laid by Rajiv Gandhi: Congress

The Congress said on Wednesday that the foundation of Digital India was laid by their leader and former PM of India, Rajiv Gandhi. It also said that the UPA government during its 10 years took this journey many notches higher by implementing National e-Governance programme.



Delhi: The Congress said on Wednesday that the foundation of Digital India was laid by their leader and former PM of India, Rajiv Gandhi. It also said that the UPA government during its 10 years took this journey many notches higher by implementing National e-Governance programme.

Talking to the media Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “The foundation for Digital India was laid by late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by unleashing IT potential of the country. Former PM is even today known and credited for bringing about a new computer, IT and telecom revolution in the country.”

He added, “Congress-led UPA during its 10 years took this journey many notches higher by implementing National e-Governance Programme. The National e-Governance programme (NeGP) to digitize India and eventually reach out to our over 5000 towns and 700,000 villages.”

Slamming the Modi government Surjewala said, “As BJP government pats its own back on successfully re-naming yet another UPA venture namely National e-Governance Plan as Digital India. People of India can only hope that this successfully implemented plan of UPA doesn’t meet same fate as the re-named Make In India.”

The Congress leader also said, “While BJP is successful in hacking, tweaking and altering lineages and websites, it is jinxed as far as implementing plans are concerned. The Congress government approved the NeGP on May 18, 2006, the NeGP comprised of 27 Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) and 10 components.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the "Digital India Week" today as part of the larger initiative to empower the people and extend services better with the use of information technology and its tools.

The PM also unveiled a logo for Digital India, an umbrella programme that seeks to transform India into a digitally-empowered, knowledge economy with a host of initiatives for a synchronized and coordinated engagement of the government and its agencies.

For this scheme, PM Modi has already been named chairman of a high-powered monitoring committee and all existing and ongoing e-governance initiatives will be revamped to align them with the larger principles of "Digital India", according to an official statement, IANS reported.

The larger goal of Digital India includes broadband connectivity in all panchayats, Wi-fi in all the schools and universities and public wi-fi hotspots in all important cities by 2019. It will be deployed in delivering services in areas like health, education, agriculture and banking.

The vision is centred on three key areas:

- Digital infrastructure as a utility to every citizen

- Governance and service on Demand

- Digital empowerment of Citizens

(With IANS inputs)

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