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Jun 15, 2018
7:51AM

PM Modi says Digital India initiative is creating group of village level entrepreneurs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said Digital India initiative is creating a group of village level entrepreneurs. Interacting with beneficiaries of Digital India programme through video conferencing, Mr Modi said the programme should move forward for a better and new India. He said it is important for citizens to be digitally literate. 
          
 Mr Modi said in last 4 years, NDA government has worked on all aspects of Digital India. He said government launched this programme with a very simple focus to ensure that more people can benefit from the joys of technology, especially in rural areas. 
         
 Mr Modi said, government ensured that the advantages of technology are not restricted to a select few. He said India is changing through Common Service Centres (CSCs) and government strengthened the network of CSCs. Mr Modi said nearly three lakh CSCs, across more than 2 lakh gram panchayats are providing various digital services like payment of utility bills, railway ticket booking, banking services, pension services, Tele-Medicine and digital literacy for benefit of common people. 
 
Prime Minister said the movement towards more digital payments is linked to eliminating middlemen. He said Digital payments in India has grown significantly in last four years, making Indian economy digital and transparent. Mr Modi said due to technology railway tickets can be booked online, bills can be paid online and all this brings great convenience. 
         
Prime Minister said due to Digital India, the BPO sector is changing. He said earlier, it was only about bigger cities but now BPOs in small towns are creating job opportunities for youth which has brought the migration to big cities. Mr Modi said the India BPO promotion scheme and a separate BPO promotion scheme for the Northeast is creating new opportunities relating to the sector. 
         
 During the interaction, Shanta from Gondia said he had to walk 25 km to get his wages, now the CSC has changed this and his family is very happy. Meenu from Haryana's Yamuna Nagar said she learnt how to use the BHIM App and it made her life easy.  
         
 Jitender Solanki from Gautam Budh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh said due to Digital India, his village has got internet access and children are availing online coaching facilities. Prime Minister has been interacting with the beneficiaries of various government schemes. 

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