The Times Network is organizing second Digital India Summit and Awards 2016 at Taj Palace, New Delhi on 22 March (today). The summit is being attended by several corporates and individuals. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was invited to give a special address at the event while the awards will be given by R. S. Sharma, Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
Communications and Informational Technology Minister of India Ravi Shankar Prasad was invited as the Chief Guest, he delivered the keynote address at the event. Union Minister started his address with calling Digital India and other programmes recently launched by government, as transformational. He said, “Digital India, Make in India and Skill India are transformational programmes for a digitally empowered India.”
Prasad further informed that India has over 1 billion mobile phones and total 99 crore Aadhar Card holders. He praised the government’s initiative of Aadhar based Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG subsidy which has helped government to save more than Rs. 15,000 crore by stopping misuse and leakage.
“India has taken a lead in global internet governance. We have advocated multi stakeholder approach of Internet governance,” Prasad said. On Net neutrality, he said that Internet is valued as an open, fair, neutral and plural media for empowerment of people and it must remain non-discriminatory. He recalled, “NGOs, civil society, media, government and people of India have to work for the growth of Internet to make it inclusive and available to all.” “Internet is one of the finest creations of human mind,” he added.
Talking about the government’s plans to provide employment, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “We are taking BPOs to small towns of India to provide employment to youth of small towns so that they don’t have to migrate to cities for job.”
R S Prasad emphasized that India would emerge as an Electronics manufacturing hub. The investments in Electronic manufacturing has now crossed Rs. 1,28,000 crore. “Manufacturing of mobile phones in India has grown by 83 percent since last year. Now almost every big mobile phone brand has a manufacturing here,” he said.