Digital India & Entrepreneurship

With inauguration of ‘Digital India’ week by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, a new revolution has been ignited in the tech-startup world. The Prime Minister in his discourse at the inauguration ceremony assured full support to young entrepreneurs who wished to launch Start-ups in this domain and called upon the youth to innovate and said “Design in India” is as important as “Make in India.” He unveiled the “Digital India” logo and released policy documents related to ‘Digital India’ at the event in New Delhi.

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(Source: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting)

To encourage entrepreneurship at block levels in village, PM felicitated two women CSC village level entrepreneurs at the event (Common Service Centre, offers online banking services, government certificates and helps identifying villagers to various government programme). The Prime Minister emphasised on not allowing the ‘Digital Divide’ to become a barrier between people. Till now, less or no concern was shown towards promotion of IT sector, but now this gap will be bridged by the latest initiatives undertaken by government & will boost the confidence in tech-entrepreneurs to pursue new ventures in this domain.

Under ‘Digital India’ initiative, the government will connect the entire country through broadband by 2019. This project will make India a global leader of IT in services like health, education and banking & will make India Digitally empowered.

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The Nine pillars of ‘Digital India’ (Source: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting)

Many industrialists have also pledged their contribution to this project in order to make it a huge success & thereby empowering the youth, entrepreneurs & citizens of the country. For instance, Mr. Anil Ambani of ‘Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group’ has announced that he will invest Rs 10,000 crore in Digital India programme. Sunil Bharti Mittal of ‘Bharti Enterprise’ has declared to invest Rs 1 lakh crore in next five years in digital space. Mukesh Ambani of ‘Reliance Industries’ has also pledged to invest Rs 2.5 lakh crore across Digital India pillars. According to a news report (by Times of India), India’s top billionaires pledged around Rs 4.5 lakh crore in all to projects related to Digital India, which could generate employment for some 18 lakh people.

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(Source: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting)

Several projects have been launched or will be launched that will empower the citizens of the country. The ‘Digital India’ campaign will affect the global business operations of the countrymen in the longer run and will ease the everyday lives of citizens.

With Digital Technologies like cloud commuting & mobile apps and various eCommerce platforms enhancing the user experience & proving to be of great support in fulfilling the daily needs & wants of people of India.  This latest initiative from government’s end will bring a new high in digital space and will open-up many doors for technocrats & entrepreneurs in coming years. With high numbers of youth enrolling to engineering courses & their natural inclination towards technology will surely do wonders in technology based startups.

Do let us know your views & comments on ‘Digital India’ & your plans, if any on how to capitalize this opportunity.

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