Don’t want to only digitize India, but also transform India to empower every citizen: Ravi Shankar Prasad
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 14-Sep-2017

New Delhi, September 14: Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad has said, “India has certain fundamental approach for commitment as far as digital platform is concerned. We do not want simply to digitize India. But we want to create technology which is transformative, which empowers India and also empowers Indians.

Addressing the valedictory session of UN-Financial Inclusion Conclave, Prasad said, this is the age of information, information is power. This is the age of technology, technology is power. But very important is, this technology should not create inablement of people of India. This technology must empower the people of India. 

Digital India is more for poor and underprivileged. WE are undertaking a lot of transformative initiatives like Digital India, Make in India, Start-up India, Smart Cities, Skill India. These are all technology based programmes; digital inclusion must be the common thread.” added Ravi Shankar Prasad.

“Three more attributes are important to be kept in mind when we talk about digital inclusion. First, technology must be affordable; second, technology must lead to inclusion, and, third, technology must be developmental.” concluded Ravi Shankar Prasad.

On the completion of 3 years since the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), one of the largest financial inclusion programmes in the world, India‘s example for leading innovations in financial inclusions, access and technology can provide important learnings for other countries.

The United Nations in India is bringing together leaders of this financial revolution, with senior level stake holders from the government, the banking sector, innovators, technology partners, intergovernmental organizations and the UN.

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