Speech by Narendra Modi at Digital India

Speech by Narendra Modi at Digital India

San Francisco: PM Narendra Modi today met the world’s top tech honchos including India-born Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai, and shared his plans for digital India in a massive event at Silicon Valley, followed by dinner with 350 business leaders. Narendra Modi in his address at the Digital India event spoke at length on technological advancements and its impact on people and nation as a whole. Here’s is the key highlight of PM’s speech at Digital India event:

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, they are the new neighborhoods of our new world.If Facebook were a country, it would be the third most populous one and the most connected.

Google today has made teachers less awe-inspiring and grandparents idler. Twitter has turned everyone into a reporter. The traffic lights that need to work the best are on CISCO routers.The most fundamental debate for our youth is the choice between Android, iOS or Windows.

In India, a mother in a distant hill village has a better chance to save her new born infant. A child in a remote village has better access to education.A small farmer is more confident about his land holding and getting better market price. A fisherman on the sea has a better catch. And, a young professional in San Francisco can Skype daily to comfort her sick grandmother in India. All this is because of the work you people are doing.

By using Space technology and internet, we have been able to identify in the last few months 170 applications that will make governance better and development faster.The pace at which people are taking to digital technology defies our stereotypes of age, education, language and income. And, farmers in Maharashtra State have created a Whats app group to share information on farming practices.

But, in this digital age, we have an opportunity to transform lives of people in ways that was hard to imagine just a couple of decades ago.

I see technology as a means to empower and as a tool that bridges the distance between hope and opportunity. Social media is reducing social barriers. It connects people on the strength of human values, not identities.

Today, technology is advancing citizen empowerment and democracy that once drew their strength from Constitutions. Technology is forcing governments to deal with massive volume of data and generate responses, not in 24 hours but in 24 minutes.

We will transform governance, making it more transparent, accountable, accessible and participative. I spoke of E-Governance as a foundation of better governance – efficient, economical and effective.

I now speak of M-Governance or mobile governance. That is the way to go in a country with one billion cell phones and use of smart phones growing at high double digit rates. It has the potential to make development a truly inclusive and comprehensive mass movement. It puts governance within everyone’s reach.

After MyGov.in, I have just launched the Narendra Modi Mobile App. They are helping me stay in close touch with people. I learn a great deal from their suggestions and complaints.

We have set up Ebiz portal to make approvals for businesses and citizens easy and efficient so that they concentrate their energy on their goals, not on government processes. We want our 1.25 billion citizens to be digitally connected. We already have broadband usage across India go up by 63% last year. We need to accelerate this further.

We have launched an aggressive expansion of the National Optical Fibre Network that will take broadband to our 600,000 villages. We will connect all schools and colleges with broadband. Building I-ways are as important as highways.

We are expanding our public Wi-Fi hot-spots. For example, we want to ensure that free Wi Fi is not only there in airport lounges, but also on our railway platforms. Teaming up with Google, we will cover 500 railway stations in a short time.

Affordability of products and services is critical for our success. There are many dimensions to this. We will promote manufacture of quality and affordable products in India. That is part of our vision of Make in India, Digital India and Design in India.

We are also giving the highest importance to data privacy and security, intellectual property rights and cyber security. We also have the strength of the partnership between India and the United States.