India is giving the digital sector the necessary boost and is already starting to reap coveted results. Digital India Drive has become the foundation for next-generation India. Underlining that the nation was moving towards transparent and effective governance, Indian trade and industry, consumer affairs, public food distribution, and textiles, Piyush Goyal noted that the government has transitioned transparently from 2G/3G to 4G and now 5G.
5G will contribute $450 billion (about Rs. 34,94,900 crore) to the Indian economy over the next 15 years; launching an indigenous 5G testbed will be a milestone for Aatma Nirbhar Bharat (Subsistence India) in telecom. He added that it would help digitize the economy, boost the startup ecosystem, and improve governance, ease of living, and ease of business in the country.
The minister congratulated the Indian telecom sector watchdog Telecom Authority of India, on completing 25 years.
Nearly 400 comprehensive GIS-based maps have already been prepared under Prime Minister GatiShakti’s national master plan. This digital push has opened up several investment opportunities abroad for India.
Goyal stressed that the revolutionary PM GatiShakti initiative would help solve the problem of the haphazard infrastructure development in the country and help us build a secure, sustainable, scalable, and collaborative approach to infrastructure planning.
PM Gati Shakti is the national master plan for multimodal connectivity with different economic zones.
Atmanirbhar Bharat aims to make the country and its citizens independent and self-reliant. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi further outlined five pillars of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat: economy, infrastructure, system, vibrant demographics, and demand. The finance minister further announces government reforms and enablers in seven sectors under Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan.
The government has implemented several bold reforms, including agricultural supply chain reforms, sound tax systems, simple and clear laws, a skilled workforce, and a strong financial plan.
Speaking about the remarkable progress the telecom sector has made in recent years, especially in bridging the digital divide, Goyal expressed confidence that information technology and last-mile digital connectivity will impact every industry and form the foundation of India’s growth story in the coming years. He added that Digital India would be the foundation for Aatma Nirbhar Bharat.
Digital connectivity has played a vital role in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic by enabling quick and easy access to health infrastructure and other support systems worldwide.
Referring to India’s giant strides in telecom and digital technologies, Goyal believed the government had re-energized the telecom sector over the past eight years with the Panchamrit of Reach, Reform, Regulate, Respond, and Revolutionize. † These principles, he said, defined the work the government has done over the past eight years to revitalize this sector.
The minister noted that the efforts made to access every last village in the country successfully were a testament to the government’s sensitivity to bridging the digital divide to ensure that no citizen is left deprived of the ability to connect with the world.
The minister praised regulators for creating and maintaining a stable policy ecosystem and said it had helped protect both telecom companies and consumers. He noted that one of the lowest numbers of complaints received by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs related to the telecom sector.
The minister believed that the launch of Digital India and JAM Trinity (PM GatiShakti National Master Plan) was a turning point in the country’s history and said it revolutionized how public services were delivered to the commoner. He added that the JAM helped Trinity bring the fruits of technology to the commoner, reduce transaction costs, and eliminate intermediaries, leaks, and corruption from the system.
The Digital India Program is a flagship program of the Government of India with a vision to transform India into a digitally powerful society and knowledge economy. To change the entire ecosystem of public services through information technology, the Government of India has launched the Digital India program with the vision of transforming India into a digitally powerful society and knowledge economy.
JAM Trinity refers to the initiative of the Government of India to link Jan Dhan accounts, mobile numbers, and Aadhaar cards of Indians to plug the leaks of government subsidies.