- 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in India to be connected digitally by the government by 2018
The digitalisation movement in India has already covered most basic services sectors and is growing rapidly.
According to a statement made on Tuesday, by Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union Minister for Law, Justice, and IT, by the middle of the year 2018, the 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in India would all be digitally connected.
In the statement made at an ICC session in Kolkata, he mentioned that till now, under the National Optical Fibre Programme, around one lakh such gram panchayats have already been connected via optical fibre, and India’s digital economy currently stood at a total of $400 billion, and he expects it to soar up to $1 trillion within the next four to give years.
Speaking further, the minister added that the enormous leap that India has seen in terms of digital transformation has already covered basic services sectors such as health, education and subsidy transfer. Additionally, by being able to directly transfer subsidies to consumers using digital means, the Government of India has achieved a cost saving of as much as Rs 50,000 crore, said Prasad.
Citing the example of more than 2000 startups being formed in the country every year, he stated that at the moment, India is the third largest and most successful start-up economy in the entire world.
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