Union Cabinet approves expansion of the Digital India programme with ₹ 14,903 crore outlay

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | August 16, 2023 IST

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New Delhi, August 16:Digital India programme was launched on 1st July 2015 to enable digital delivery of services to citizens. It has proved to be a very successful program.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today approved the expansion of the Digital India programme. The total outlay is ₹14,903 crores. 

The funds will be utilized for 6.25 lakh IT professionals who will be re-skilled and up-skilled under the FutureSkills Prime Programme. At least 2.65 lakh persons will be trained in information security under the Information Security & Education Awareness Phase (ISEA) Programme. 540 additional services will be available under the Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance (UMANG) app/ platform. At present over 1,700 services are already available on UMANG.

9 more supercomputers will be added under National Super Computer Mission. This is in addition to 18 supercomputers already deployed. Bhashini, the AI-enabled multi-language translation tool (currently available in 10 languages) will be rolled out in all 22 scheduled 8 languages; Modernisation of the National Knowledge Network (NKN) which connects 1,787 educational institutions;

Digital document verification facility under DigiLocker will now be available to MSMEs and other organizations.1,200 startups will be supported in Tier 2/3 cities.3 Centres of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence on health, agriculture and sustainable cities will be set up;

Cyber-awareness courses for 12 crores college students will be initiated. New initiatives in the area of cyber security including the development of tools and integration of more than 200 sites with the National Cyber Coordination Centre.

Today’s announcement will give a boost to the digital economy of India, drive digital access to services, and support India’s IT and electronics ecosystem.  

 

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