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‘₹ 14,903 cr’: Cabinet approves expansion of Digital India prog

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August 17, 2023
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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 on Wednesday approved the expansion of the Digital India programme. The total outlay is ₹14,903 crores.

This would enable the following:

  1. 6.25 lakh IT professionals will be re-skilled and up-skilled under the FutureSkills Prime Programme;
  2. 2.65 lakh persons will be trained in information security under the Information Security & Education Awareness Phase (ISEA) Programme;
  3. 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;
  4. 9 more supercomputers will be added under National Super Computer Mission. This is in addition to 18 supercomputers already deployed;
  5. Bhashini, the AI-enabled multi-language translation tool (currently available in 10 languages) will be rolled out in all 22 schedule 8 languages;
  6. Modernisation of the National Knowledge Network (NKN) which connects 1,787 educational institutions;
  7. Digital document verification facility under DigiLocker will now be available to MSMEs and other organisations;
  8. 1,200 startups will be supported in Tier 2/3 cities;
  9. 3 Centres of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence on health, agriculture and sustainable cities will be set up;
  10. Cyber-awareness courses for 12 crores college students;
  11. New initiatives in the area of cyber security including development of tools and integration of more than 200 sites with National Cyber Coordination Centre
  • The 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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