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All you need to know about the 'Digital India Week'

Shweta Sengar | Updated on: 7 July 2015, 16:06 IST

The 'Digital India Week' was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1 July. The event was attended by industry experts as well as government officials.

As the week-long event gets over today, here is everything you need to know about the 'Digital India Week':

What is 'Digital India'?

The programme, 'Digital India', is aimed at making all the citizens digitally literate by introducing internet and e-governance to everyone in the nation. The programme also envisages the reduction of paperwork by ensuring that government services are made available to everyone. Not only this, the plan is also to connect all the rural areas with high-speed internet network. It aims at creating digital infrastructure, digital delivery of services, and promotion of digital literacy.

Investment and employment in numbers:

Rs 4.5 lakh crore. That's the total investment figure which the initiative has attracted so far.

Rs 2.5 lakh crore. That's the investment figure which Reliance Industries has pledged to contribute in the programme.

Rs 1 lakh crore. That's the amount Bharti Enterprises will invest in the next five years.

Rs 10,000 crore. Reliance Communications will invest this amount in the initiative.

$2 billion. This is the total investment which the Aditya Birla Group will invest in the next five years.

18 lakh. That's the total number of jobs which will be created through the programme.

60,000. That's the number of professionals Tata Consultancy Services will hire this year.

Opportunities for start-ups

Modi also pledged to assist youngsters for setting up start-ups. He raised questions about the quality of electronics being produced in the country at present. He urged the companies to make high-quality electronics which are highly competitive in overseas markets.

He said that in the near future the nation will flourish in this segment. "Designing in India is as important as 'Make in India'. The talent of our youth must be utilised and we must focus on designing in India," said the Prime Minister.

The programmes announced

A number of programmes were announced at the event which include 'Digital Lockers', where people can store digital copies of all their important documents.

National Scholarship Portal, apps for Swachh Bharat Mission, PayGov and MyGov were also launched. The government will also set up National Centre for Flexible Electronics and National Institute for IoT (Internet of Things).

First published: 7 July 2015, 15:14 IST